10 incredible feats accomplished by Kershaw in Game 1 of World Series

Tim Bradbury / USA TODAY Sports

Clayton Kershaw finally reached the World Series, and did he ever deliver.

The Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander wrapped up one of the greatest performances of his career in Game 1 of the World Series, allowing just one run over seven innings while striking out 11 Houston Astros.

Kershaw's outing not only silenced plenty of postseason doubters, but also helped write his name into a number of record books.

Here are some of the most impressive feats Kershaw accomplished on the mound Tuesday night:

  • Most strikeouts in a World Series Game 1 since Bob Gibson (17) in 1968.
  • First Dodgers pitcher since Sandy Koufax in 1965 to record 10-plus strikeouts in a World Series game.
  • First pitcher since Moe Drabowsky in 1966 to strike out at least 11 in World Series debut.
  • Tied Dodgers great Don Newcombe (1949) for most strikeouts in a World Series game without a walk.
  • Passed Greg Maddux for third-most strikeouts in National League postseason history.
  • Passed Randy Johnson for third-most strikeouts by a left-handed pitcher in postseason history.
  • Most strikeouts by one pitcher against the Astros this season.
  • Most strikeouts by a pitcher in the World Series since New York Yankees starter Orlando Hernandez (12) in 2000.
  • Third pitcher in World Series history to strike out 10-plus while allowing just three baserunners.
  • Posted the highest Game Score (78) by a pitcher in his World Series debut since Mickey Lolich in 1968.
10 incredible feats accomplished by Kershaw in Game 1 of World Series
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