One of the stops on the Los Angeles Dodgers recent nine-game road trip was a three-game set in Milwaukee against the leaders of the National League Central. The Brewers won the first two games of the series before Clayton Kershaw took the mound and threw another gem.
The Brewers and Dodgers locked up once again on Friday with the visiting team walking away with a come-from-behind win. That meant Kershaw was once again took the mound against the Brewers with the Dodgers coming off a loss.
Kershaw threw his sixth complete game of the season and collected 11 strikeouts, but took a loss for the first time since May 28 and saw 11-game winning streak snapped. Despite the valiant effort, the reigning NL Cy Young winner was critical of his outing, via an AP report on ESPN:
It comes down to (the fact that) I got outpitched,” Kershaw said. “Yovani pitched better than I did and we lost the game. I just made more mistakes than he did and it showed up on the scoreboard.
The southpaw also said luck had simply caught up with him:
It’s funny, I felt like I pitched so much better than I did in Milwaukee. I got lucky in Milwaukee, and I’m paying for it here.”
Kershaw retired the first nine batters in Saturday’s loss, then had a rocky fourth inning. Carlos Gomez led it off with a double and Ryan Braun put the Brewers ahead with a two-run home run to right field that resembled more of a long pop fly.
Gomez hurt Kershaw again, with a solo home run in the sixth that proved to be the difference in the Brewers’ 3-2 win. While Kershaw was done in by two big hits, the Dodgers were unable to generate much of anything against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo.
Gallardo allowed one run in six innings and prevented the Dodgers from ever truly threatening. The two teams meet for the rubbermatch Sunday with the Dodgers once again looking for a win in the final game of the series.
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