KER­SHAW DOESN’T EX­ACTLY SHINE

Dodgers left- han­der gives up two home runs in a game in­ter­rupted when some lights go out. CHICAGO 4, DODGERS 2

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Dy­lan Her­nan­dez

CHICAGO — The sta­dium lights f lick­ered. The fans at Wrigley Field gasped.

What fol­lowed was un­like any­thing Clay­ton Ker­shaw had ex­pe­ri­enced in the ma­jor leagues.

Ker­shaw waited as the um­pires hud­dled in the in­field. He waited some more as Chicago Cubs Man­ager Joe Mad­don ar­gued to um­pire crew chief Jerry Meals that the game shouldn’t re­sume un­til the light­ing was fully re­stored.

Mad­don talked and talked. Ker­shaw waited and waited.

Ker­shaw paced around the mound. He crouched in foul ter­ri­tory. He paced some more.

The sixth- in­ning de­lay lasted for 10 min­utes.

“Ob­vi­ously, it didn’t af­fect them,” Ker­shaw said about the Cubs.

Ker­shaw gave up his sec­ond home run of the game an in­ning later, a solo drive by Matt Szczur that sent the of­fen­sively down­trod­den Dodgers crash­ing to a 4- 2 de­feat Mon­day night.

Ker­shaw has given up 11 home

runs this sea­son in 15 starts, in­clud­ing a two- run blast to rookie Kris Bryant in the third in­ning that moved the Cubs in front, 2- 1.

“Cou­ple pitches here or there,” Ker­shaw said. “I wished they were dou­bles in­stead of homers.”

Ker­shaw has given up the most home runs on the Dodgers pitch­ing staff. He also has given up two more than he did over the 27 starts he made last sea­son.

Bryant’s home run was hit on a 1- and- 2 count with two outs. Ker­shaw’s 0- and- 2 pitch to Bryant was a bor­der­line pitch along the out­side edge of the strike zone.

Asked whether he thought that was a strike, Ker­shaw replied by com­pli­ment­ing plate um­pire Jor­dan Baker.

“I wanted it, but he was pretty con­sis­tent the whole night,” he said. “I didn’t look at it, but ev­ery­body says he was off by a lit­tle bit. Give him credit.”

Bryant hit a home run in the eighth in­ning, this one against left­hander Adam Lib­er­a­tore.

Of the home runs he has given up this sea­son, Ker­shaw said, “I don’t re­ally care if I give up homers or not. It’s just a bad pitch, a mis­take. As long as they’re solo shots, it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter.”

While he de­scribed this de­feat was less frus­trat­ing than the one he had against the Texas Rangers five days ear­lier, he was still up­set.

“It’s al­ways frus­trat­ing to lose,” he said.

Ker­shaw didn’t blame the 10minute de­lay in the sixth in­ning for the out­come — “It didn’t re­ally af­fect me,” he said — but said it was a source of ir­ri­ta­tion.

Mad­don was re­spon­si­ble for the ma­jor­ity of the de­lay, as he con­tin­ued to ar­gue with Meals af­ter the um­pires de­cided the game would re­sume.

“We felt that we would be able to con­tinue play­ing, that it was suf­fi­cient light­ing,” Meals said. “Out of the six banks, none were out. There were scat­tered lights out and the in­for­ma­tion I got from [ Cubs groundskeeper Roger Baird] was that the lights are go­ing to come on slowly, spo­rad­i­cally, one at a time here or there. Once they warm up, they’ll con­tinue com­ing on and prob­a­bly within 15 min­utes, they’d all be on.”

That wasn’t enough for Mad­don.

“I didn’t like the idea we had to play against a guy who is re­ally, re­ally, re­ally, re­ally, re­ally, re­ally, re­ally, re­ally good,” Mad­don said. “You have to see spin, you have to be able to read ev­ery­thing. I did not like the fact we had to play with­out all the lights on. Just be a lit­tle more pa­tient and wait for the lights. That was my ar­gu­ment.” Ker­shaw grew im­pa­tient. “I just wanted them to say, ‘ Hey, get off the field,’ or, ‘ Hey, the game’s go­ing to start,’ he said. “Stand­ing around for 10 min­utes, my legs are get­ting heavy. I wanted an an­swer. Ob­vi­ously, I wanted to keep go­ing. But if they were go­ing to wait for how­ever long, just tell me and I’ll go sit down. I don’t know if Joe was try­ing to do that on pur­pose or what.”

The Cubs played the re­main­der of the game un­der protest.

“It’s just one more thing to waste time,” Ker­shaw said. “I’ve never seen a protest ac­tu­ally work.”

Ker­shaw added sar­cas­ti­cally: “I hope they win their protest.”

Charles Rex Arbogast As­so­ci­ated Press

CLAY­TON KER­SHAW tries to re­group af­ter giv­ing up a home run to Matt Szczur.

Charles Rex Arbogast As­so­ci­ated Press

DODGERS PITCHER Clay­ton Ker­shaw stands by as the um­pir­ing crew gath­ers af­ter sev­eral lights went out in the sixth in­ning at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, caus­ing a 10- minute de­lay.

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