Clayton Kershaw put together a rocky outing on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The future Hall of Famer struggled to put away hitters, scattering 6 hits over 5 innings in the Dodgers’ loss.
After the game, he spoke about his outing and assessed where he thinks things went a little sideways. It turns out, his most famous pitch — that Cooperstown curveball — just wasn’t producing the usual results for him.
I think it was more the curveball. I think I bounced a few curveballs, and then when I did throw for a strike, Manny got the hit behind the count, which I usually don’t throw curveballs behind the count, and that was impressive. And then Wil Myers too with the curveball base hit, I didn’t expect that either. That was a little bit unanticipated, I guess.
Kershaw last pitched one week prior in the regular season finale against the Colorado Rockies. Maybe it was the layoff necessitated by the Wild Card series that contributed to the left-hander being a bit rusty heading into this game. Or maybe the Padres just put together a good game plan and executed against a guy they have seen a whole bunch over the years.
So far in this series, Dodger starting pitching has looked far from stellar. What was expected to be a strength for the club has allowed 6 earned runs over 10 innings in two games. Thankfully, the series is only tied a 1-1.
Tony Gonsolin will get the ball for the Dodgers for game 3 on Friday night in San Diego. He’ll face former AL Cy Young award winner Blake Snell. First pitch is set for 5:37 PM PT on FS1;