The Los Angeles Dodgers were well-represented at the All-Star Game, with five players making the roster and looking to aid the National League to a victory. With home field advantage on the line, players from all teams in Major League Baseball were looking to make an impact.
Clayton Kershaw, who was a late addition once Max Scherzer was ruled out, came into All-Star weekend thankful for the opportunity. While showing his newly born daughter Cali all the sights and sounds of All-Star weekend, the southpaw pitcher knew that business had to be settled once the game started.
In the fifth inning, the three-time Cy Young winner was called upon to pitch. A leadoff single under the glove of third baseman Todd Frazier put a runner on. Mike Trout then beat out a double play ball and Manny Machado flew out to left. With two outs, Kershaw appeared to strike out Albert Pujols, but the pitch was ruled a ball. He went on to walk leading to an RBI single by Prince Fielder and an RBI double by Lorenzo Cain.
After the game, Kershaw commented on the experience and his assessment of the game, via Corey Brock of MLB.com:
It was fun until I started giving up runs”
The reigning NL MVP took the loss for the National League, allowing three hits, a walk, and two earned runs. The Texas native was asked to give an overall analysis of his outing, where he stated that he felt physically good:
I felt fine. I wasn’t really worried about throwing the ball where I wanted to. I was just trying to get people out.”
The Dodgers gear up as they start a 10-game road trip after the All-Star break, starting with a series in D.C. against the Washington Nationals.