Kershaw becomes the first Dodger lefty to 20 wins since Fernando Valenzuela.

words // Luis Sanchez

For the first time in over twenty years, a Dodgers’ pitcher has reached the 20 win mark. Not only is Kershaw the first Dodger to do it since Ramon Martinez back in 1990, he’s also the first lefty to reach the elusive number since Dodger great Fernando Valenzuela captured the hearts of everyone in Los Angeles back in the ’80s.¬†Looking at the bigger picture though, the Dodgers played the spoiler role well in last night’s victory, pushing the rivaled Giants 4.5 games back in the Wild Card race with only eight games left to be played.

Kershaw went strong for 7 1/ 3 innings, tallying six K’s, allowing six hits and a lone run on a homerun by Chris Stewart in the eighth. Other than that, Kershaw was lights-out. Helping the Dodgers make it back to the .500 mark, all while becoming the 16th 20-game winner in Los Angeles Dodgers history.

At 20-5, many believe Kershaw is well on his way to his first-ever Cy Young Award at only 23 years old.

Continue below for a look at Kershaw’s milestone victory as part of Eastbay’s latest MLB Watch.

Kershaw took the mound in the latest Under Armour baseball cleats.

Dee Gordon turns a game-ending double-play in his Dodger blue Nike baseball cleats.

For the big start, Kershaw went with his everyday Wilson A2000 glove.

Kershaw went 7 1/3 innings, giving up one run and striking-out six.

Giants’ ace Tim Lincecum hit the mound in his usual New Balance baseball cleats.

Padres’ closer Heath Bell hit the mound in an altered pair of Zig-Runs from Reebok.

Hideki Matsui broke out an A’s-inspired pair of Mizuno baseball cleats.

Michael Young turns on a pitch in a player-exclusive pair of Nike baseball cleats.

Padres’ SS James Bartlett also broke out some Nike baseball cleats for battle.