Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Shoulders the Blame in Sunday’s Loss to the Giants

It was not an ideal afternoon for Dodgers fans in Los Angeles on Sunday. Looking to split the series and keep pace in the NL West, Los Angeles found themselves down in the game almost immediately. 

Clayton Kershaw gave up a 2-run homerun to Mauricio Dubon in the top of the 1st to give the Giants an immediate 3-0 lead. The Dodgers would not score a run off of Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman and did not score at all until the 8th inning. 

Kershaw took a lot of the blame following the Dodgers’ loss. They were able to make it close with a late homerun from Albert Pujols, but could not complete the comeback. 

When you start the game like that and give up three runs, it’s tough to come back. I kind of put the team in a tough spot today in the first inning.

But Kershaw did not seem concerned with the slide the Dodgers are currently. Losing 3 games in a row is nothing compared to the 5-15 stretch they have already endured this season. 

You’re only as good as your next day’s starting pitcher. We feel pretty good about our guy going tomorrow.

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The Dodgers have Trevor Bauer going up against the Cardinals’ Jack Flaherty on Monday evening. It’s already looking like it could be one of their best pitching matchups of the early season. On to the next one. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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  1. Kershaw isn’t the only one to accept the blame. Throughout the 4 games, Dodger pitching allowed 8 HR’s. And today the offense never really showed up, striking out in double figures again. BTW, the Dodgers were out scored by the Giants in this series 27 to 20. End of story And again, Bellinger has no business batting cleanup at this time either.

  2. Well yeah, for a Cy Young Award winner constantly missing your target down and serving it up high w/ no velo you’re going to get hurt. 2 part-time weak hitters & a pitcher beat you today ….. guys you shouldn’t have trouble with. Kudos to Muncy, Pujols, Barnes for getting on base, and the team for keep fighting even down 5 runs late in the game. But needed to pull this one out to even that series.

    • You’re right on Kershaw’s problem. First of all, he’s can’t pitch good all the time anymore. We never know which way he’s going every time he pitches and then he throws he’s 91 miles fastball and up so he’s going to get hit all the time!!!!! Everybody knows he throws that first pitch. For an ace, he should know. Taking the blame doesn’t do any good, specially when the guys can’t hit and don’t know how to beat the shift and move other guys over. It’s Roberts responsibility to manage but he doesn’t even have a clue.!!!!

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