Clayton Kershaw took the mound Tuesday night at O.co Coliseum for the first game of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ eight-game road trip.
It was the third start of Kershaw’s career against the Oakland Athletics, and he entered the game with a 0.66 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 15 strikeouts over 13.2 innings in the previous outings. Kershaw wasn’t necessarily at his best Tuesday, which should be taken with a grain of salt given the lofty expectations he’s set.
While the reigning National League MVP labored through seven innings, allowing one run and striking out seven in a no-decision of a Dodgers’ loss in the 10th, he did manage to complete what’s become a patented move dating back to last season.
With the A’s already having pushed one run across in the third inning and another standing on third base, Eric Sogard hit a chopper up the middle that Kershaw made a behind-the-back stop on and threw over to first base to end the inning.
The second-inning play by Kershaw wasn’t his only action outside of pitching that drew attention on the evening as he also let go of some frustration in the bottom of the third.