Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws his 2,000th career strike out during the third inning of their game against the Milwaukee Brewers, at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 2, 2017
Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw joined an elite pitching fraternity on Friday by recording his 2,000th career Major League Baseball strikeout.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner became the second-fastest pitcher in league history to reach the milestone, achieving it in the second inning of a contest against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Kershaw reached the feat in his 277th game, just behind Hall of Famer Randy Johnson who did it in 262 career contests.
Kershaw pitched eight innings on the mound against the Brewers and finished with 14 strikeouts, one short of his career high.
He retired 20 consecutive batters before surrendering a home run to Domingo Santana at Miller Park stadium in Milwaukee.
The 2014 National League MVP becomes the 79th pitcher to join the 2,000 strikeout club.
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