Thursday seemed like the perfect day for the struggling Dodgers to turn things around with their ace, Clayton Kershaw, taking the mound. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned.
Kershaw started the game off terribly, allowing a 3-run home run off the bat of Nolan Arenado before recording a single out.
He would give up another run thanks to a Jonathan Lucroy sacrifice fly before being pulled in the 4th inning. He threw 86 pitches in 3.2 innings and accumulated 7 strikeouts and 3 walks. Obviously, this is not the type of performance we have come to expect from Kershaw. He made sure to let his frustration out once he arrived to the dugout.
Clayton Kershaw threw his glove against the dugout wall and yelled, audible in the press box. He kicked something too. How's your day going?
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) September 8, 2017
After the game, Clayton Kershaw was very honest with reporters about how the team has been feeling over these last couple of weeks.
Clayton Kershaw: "It's bad right now. There's no getting around that."
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) September 8, 2017
When asked what he thinks the team needs to do, Kershaw responded with this:
Just win a game. That’s usually how it starts.
Bad nights are going to happen, pitching wise. I picked a really bad time to have a bad night.
Kershaw was also asked about his back and if it felt okay after the rocky start, but he said that he physically felt fine.
Overall it was a tough loss for Los Angeles, with the offense producing just 1 run thanks to an RBI double by Yasiel Puig. Like Clayton Kershaw said, they just need to win a game to begin to turn things around. Let’s hope that comes sooner rather than later!
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