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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw reaches 2,000 career strikeouts

iStock/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw became the 79th major league pitcher ever to strike out at least 2,000 batters during the team's 2-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night. He joins Don Sutton, Don Drysdale, and Sandy Koufax--all hall of famers--as the only Dodgers to reach the milestone according to ESPN.

Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jonathan Villar was the victim of Kershaw's 2,000th punch out. He struck out swinging on a three-pitch at bat in the second inning.

It was one of many strikeouts in what ended up being a stellar start for Kershaw. He struck out 14 batters over seven innings. At one point, he retired 20 batters in a row.

Kershaw set just one of a few records on the night. ESPN reports Dodgers pitchers set a franchise record for strikeouts in a game with 26, tying an MLB record. The Brewers also mowed down 16 Dodger hitters, and the 42 combined strikeouts between both teams tied a National League record according to ESPN.

Kershaw joked afterwards, "Strikeouts were a little bit contagious."

ESPN adds that Kershaw reached 2,000 strikeouts at a historically fast pace. According to statistics from the Elias Sports Bureau, it took him 277 games to get there, making him the second-fastest pitcher by games in MLB history to reach the mark. He is also the third-fastest all time to reach the mark by innings.

The only thing Kershaw couldn't come away with was a win. He recorded a no-decision in a game that lasted 12 innings. A Cody Bellinger solo home run broke a 1-1 tie, giving the Dodgers the lead in the 12th.

Los Angeles went on to win 2-1 in Milwaukee.

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