The last time we saw Clayton Kershaw was at Chavez Ravine, and it was 100° afternoon. It wasn’t quite a hot LA Sunday, but it was a humid Pittsburgh night. The Dodgers had already dropped the first two games to the Pirates, and were once again looking to number 22 to be their savior.
The trouble with this strategy is, you have to win more than once every five games to win a pennant, and despite popular opinion, Clayton Kershaw is only human.
We pick up the game in the second.
Kershaw was having trouble finding the strike zone. He was squeezed on a couple of pitches by the umpire, but mostly he was not hitting the spots he wanted to hit, and definitely leaving too many fast balls over the plate. The result ended up – bases-loaded.
A single with two outs brought in the first run of the game. 1-0
And on the very next pitch Kershawleft one over the plate again. David Freese turned it into a bases-clearing double, making it 4-0.
5th inning Bucs 4-2
With Corey Seager on first, JT blasted a fly ball high off the right field wall, scoring Seager. 4-3
They played nine, but nothing really happened after five.
Dodgers lose 4-3
CLayton Kershaw had a rough start to the game. The big blow was the bases loaded double he gave up in the second. Keshaw settled down afterward, and the Pirates never scored again, but the Dodgers just could not overcome those four runs.
Justin Turner and Corey Seager combined to put up a big three, with JT registering all three RBIs, but the rest of the lineup was no help. Yasiel Puig went 0 for 4, and Yasmani Grandal continued his swirl around the bottom of the bowl, also going 0 for 4, with three strike outs.
Dave Roberts sat Adrian Gonzalez, which was a good move, but unexplainably, he went to Gonzalez as his first pinch hitter of the night. If you’re going to give the guy a night off, commit to the idea and stick with it. When you sit a guy for not hitting, what in the world makes you think he’s going to hit!?!?!?!?!?
I left the game in the seventh for a run to the local brewery. The Dodger game was on the screen there, as was the final game in the Copa America between Chile and Argentina. It was telling that 95% of the crowd was focused on the soccer game, as the Dodgers are just not providing much entertainment or hope for the fans.
Clayton Kershaw (L 11-2) went 6 innings with 9 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, 2 Ks. ERA 1.79
Home run: Justin Turner
Doubles: Turner, Seager
Team WRISP: 1 for 3