Going into last night’s game vs. the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers were riding on a wave of emotion from the Weekend of Walkoffs from Verdugo, Beaty and Will Smith.
On top of that, the Dodgers have just won 6 out of 7 vs. the Giants and Rockies and were looking to extend their streak vs. the Diamondbacks in Arizona. With an extra day of rest, Clayton Kershaw was expected to be ready for his matchup with former teammate in Zack Greinke.
As we know, Kershaw gave up a 3 run jack to Christian Walker (3 career HRs off Kershaw, 2nd only to Adam Dunn with 4) and then a home run to that former teammate of his. After the game, Kershaw had this to say:
“They [Dodgers] scored three runs early for me, and I gave it right back. It’s a tough one, for sure. It lands on my shoulders to do better, and I’ll do better next time. … Yeah, there’s a lot of things (I struggled with). I threw two bad sliders in the first inning and never really found it throughout the game. It’s just tough. That’s an important pitch for me.”
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) June 25, 2019
Overall, Kershaw has been turning in quality starts for most of the season and has been the rock in a pitching staff that has seen Hyun-Jin Ryu take off, Walker Buehler starting to take off and an unfortunate injury to Rich Hill.