Clayton Kershaw was given a two-run lead to begin Monday’s game against the Phillies. Unfortunately, Kershaw gave up his first ever grand slam in the 6th and that would be all the Phillies needed to win the game.

After the game, Clayton Kershaw was obviously unhappy with his performance, which comes after a solid outing in San Francisco where he went six innings and gave up just two runs (one earned run). Kershaw also walked two batters in that 6th inning. This is unusual considering in 25 starts this year, he has recorded more than one walk in the entire game only 8 times.

 

There was not much insight that Kershaw could provide reporters after the game about why he lost other than “Had a few bad ones.” There really isn’t much else to it considering he pitched well in the game besides that 6th inning.

Since returning from the disabled list, Kershaw has started four games and has shown a couple of signs of being human. The first was against Colorado where he went just 3.2 innings and gave up four runs on six hits. The second, of course, was on Monday where he gave up the grand slam and walked two in one inning. Before you start to say that Kershaw has lost it or that something is wrong, Dave Roberts has a quick message for you.

Roberts was quick to defend Clayton Kershaw and for good reason. He definitely recognized the mistakes that Kershaw made, but he also emphasized that he isn’t going put too much importance on a bad inning when talking about “one of the best pitchers in the game.”

Check out what else Dave Roberts had to say about Kershaw’s start and loss to the phillies below.

In other news, The Diamondbacks lost to the Padres on Monday, cutting the Dodgers’ magic number down to just three! Los Angeles will look to bounce back in Philadelphia before returning home this weekend to face the Giants.

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