The Los Angeles Dodgers faced an Oakland Athletics team Tuesday that was mired in a seven-game losing streak and fresh off a night of travel after concluding a seven-game road trip in Baltimore on Monday.
Clayton Kershaw took the mound to face the A’s for the third time in his career, and gave up leadoff base hits in the first and second innings. While Kershaw managed to work around it in the first, the A’s took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second.
With that lead still intact, Bill Burns struck out to open the bottom of the third inning. Two batters later, some of the fire and competitiveness Kershaw pitches with led to a moment of letting frustration out.
One pitch after believing to have painted the corner for strike three against Danny Valencia, the third baseman hit a slow roller toward third base. Kershaw attempted to make a play on it, was unable to, and let loose by slamming the ball into the ground followed by throwing into the Dodgers dugout.