After the Dodgers lose Game 5 to the Washington Nationals in the 2019 NLDS, Clayton Kershaw came out and met the media to answer questions about his performance.
Kershaw was brought in the top of the 7th inning with two outs and proceeded to strike out Adam Eaton on 3 pitches with a 3-1 lead. Dave Roberts sent Kershaw back out in the Top of the 8th to face Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto and Howie Kendrick, instead of Kenta Maeda despite Maeda’s recent performance in the series.
“I felt good about Clayton and when you got Rendon and Soto. I liked Clayton……..so to not have Kenta go through Soto!” – Dave Roberts
“We’re home free” – Walker Buehler’s thoughts on Kershaw coming in after throwing 117 pitches
What happened next shocked the baseball world as Clayton Kershaw gave up back to back home runs to Rendon and Soto.
Clayton Kershaw has never allowed back-to-back home run on pitches in the regular season
Tonight marks the second time it's happened in the playoffs, per @EliasSports h/t @JeffPassan pic.twitter.com/Hl3MBrxbYJ
— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) October 10, 2019
"I'm not going to hang my head, I'm going to continue to fight and compete."@ClaytonKersh22 talks about his outing in tonight's #Dodgers loss. pic.twitter.com/4uXw0mQymZ
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) October 10, 2019
Clayton stood up to the media and answered the questions about what happened and how he feels right now:
“I let guys down in the club house. It’s a terrible feeling. I had one job to do. To get 3 outs. It cost us the game. There are no excuses. I didn’t make pitches.”
Clayton stood up like the man we’ve seen him grow up into and took the shots from the media. He even acknowledged the critics:
“Everything everyone says about me is true right now about the postseason.”
Kershaw was clearly emotional and took the entire loss on his shoulders, but we all know the team won’t let him do this and will do their best to take care of themselves to get through this rough patch together.
“We win as a team. We lose as a team” – Max Muncy