Bats held in check as Miller struggles

Clayton Kershaw polished off a brilliant month of June with a 13-strikeout performance on Sunday, and the Los Angeles Dodgers took a 6-0 decision from the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale of a four-game set. Kershaw (9-2) scattered five hits with two walks over seven scoreless innings to win his sixth straight decision, all in June. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner went 6-0 with a minuscule 0.82 ERA and 61 strikeouts in six starts throughout the month, highlighted by his first career no-hitter on June 18 against Colorado. If all that wasn't enough, Kershaw is in the midst of a 28-inning scoreless streak. Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer, while Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig each scored twice for the Dodgers, who have won 10-of-13 and tied the San Francisco Giants for first atop the NL West. St. Louis starter Shelby Miller (7-7) was charged with the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings on the hill.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored. As a pitcher, he's 5-0 with an ERA of 1.631 and a WHIP of .961.

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SPORTS CORNER

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The Washington Seniors came back to life with a 14-2 route of Manchester Post 208 in the loser's bracket of the state tournament in Sedalia Friday afternoon. Matt Miller pitched a complete game for the win, as Washington improved to 35-4. The victory puts Post 218 in the championship game against Fike-Blue Springs today.