The much anticipated return of Clayton Kershaw happened as the Los Angeles Dodgers started Game 1 of this ten game road trip against Jose Fernandez and the Miami Marlins. This road trip will span three cities in ten days. Kershaw was making his first appearance since June 26th. Kershaw came into the game 11-3 with a 1.89 ERA. The Dodgers were riding a five game winning streak. Jose Fernandez came into the game 13-8 with a 2.90 ERA.
In the bottom of the first Kershaw gave up a dinger to J.T. Realmuto. In the top of the second inning, the Dodgers had two men on with nobody out. Andrew Toles struck out followed by the first sacrifice bunt by Kershaw. Chase Utley then grounded out to end the threat. This would be become a theme for the night.
Kershaw didn’t have his electric stuff. Kershaw gave up a second run in the second inning. His night ended after three innings.
Clayton Kershaw's 1st start in 75 days ends after 3 IP. 5 hits, 2 runs, 5 strikeouts, no walks. 66 pitches. #Dodgers down 2-0
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 10, 2016
Jose Fernandez in the top of the third struck out Justin Turner, Corey Seager, and Adrian Gonzalez. This inning proved that Fernandez had his electric stuff and that the Dodgers were going to be in trouble. One of his pitches actually topped out at 100 mph. The Dodger bullpen gave up two runs in the fifth inning extending the Marlins lead 4-0. Fernandez ended up going seven innings while giving up three hits and striking out 14.
Josh Reddick went two for three against Fernandez. Yasmani Grandal blasted a solo shot off bow and arrow man Fernando Rodney in the ninth to spoil the shutout. Reddick then singles and Joc Pederson then singled and the Dodgers brought the tying run to the plate. Toles flied out and Carlos Ruiz struck out to Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos. Utley then struck out to end the threat and the game in a 4-1 loss.
The Dodgers left nine runners on base and were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Kershaw compiled two milestones during the game. He became the first MLB pitcher ever to reach 150 strikeouts without walking 10. He also struck out 150 for the ninth straight season. The activation of Clayton Kershaw from the 60-day disabled list, the Dodgers on Friday recalled pitcher Carlos Frias from Triple-A Oklahoma City and simultaneously placed him on the 60-day disabled list.
The Dodgers broke a record by placing their 28th player on the DL. Former Dodger manager Don Mattingly is now 5-0 against the Dodgers keeping the Marlin’s slim playoff hopes alive. The most important news should be the health of Kershaw going forward.
Kershaw said he is fine physically. Disappointed in his outing.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 10, 2016
Andre Ethier has arrived in Miami & he's in the #Dodgers dugout. All smiles. Welcome back, Dre!
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) September 10, 2016