Kershaw loses despite solid start
He gives up one earned run in seven innings but drops third consecutive start.
what he was feeling.
“I’m fine,” he said in a low voice. “Yeah, I mean, it never feels good to lose.” Kershaw paused. “I mean, yeah, I’m fine,” he continued. “It’s OK.”
For the first time in his eight-year career, Kershaw has lost three consecutive starts, most recently Saturday in the Dodgers’ 3-2 defeat to the Miami Marlins.
That’s the same number
of times he lost in 27 starts last season. His season record is 5-6. If it was any consolation, the latest defeat was a ref lection of how the Dodgers’ played defense, not of how Kershaw pitched.
Of the three runs he gave up over seven innings, only one was earned.
“You really can’t ask Clayton to pitch a whole lot better,” Manager Don Mattingly said.
The Marlins, who learned earlier in the day that major league home run leader Giancarlo Stanton would be sidelined for four to six weeks because of a broken hand, scored twice in the first inning.
Fielding a single by Adeiny Hechavarria, right fielder Andre Ethier tried to throw out Christian Yelich as he advanced from first base to third. Ethier’s throw ended up in a camera well next to the Marlins dugout, which allowed Yelich to score for a 1-1 tie. Hechavarria advanced to third.
Kershaw acknowledged he was partly to blame for Ethier’s error, because he was supposed to be backing up third baseman Justin Turner.
“I kind of stopped,” Kershaw said. “I was going over there and I stopped because I saw it on the ground. I should have just kept going, obviously.”
Hechavarria scored on the atbat that followed, as Kershaw uncorked a wild pitch.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal was mystified by how he failed to block the ball.
“I thought that ball was right under me,” Grandal said. “I thought it hit me exactly where it needs to hit. Then it rolls right under me.” The Dodgers were down, 2-1. Their deficit was extended to 3-1 in the second inning when pitcher Tom Koehler hit a line drive at rookie center fielder Joc Pederson, who dropped the ball, allowing J.T. Realmuto to score. Mattingly excused the mistake. “That’s that ball that’s hit right at you,” Mattingly said. “A line drive’s probably the toughest one because that ball has the tendency to take off a little bit.”
Pederson wasn’t as kind in his self-appraisal.
“Just dropped it,” Pederson said. “I messed up and I lost the game for us.”
The Dodgers closed the gap to 3-2 in the fourth inning when Adrian Gonzalez singled in Howie Kendrick.
Ethier followed, with two on and no outs, and lined a ball that was heading into right field, only for it to be snagged out of the air by second baseman Dee Gordon.
The Dodgers nearly tied the score in the at-bat that followed.
Grandal hit a hard grounder that Hechavarria backhanded and shoveled the ball to Gordon at sec- ond base. Gordon turned the double play to end the inning.
With the Dodgers’ winning streak about to end at three games, Kershaw could only take satisfaction in small victories.
With runners at the corners in the seventh inning, Kershaw struck out Hechavarria, Marcell Ozuna and Jeff Baker in a row.
“That was great,” Kershaw said. “That felt good to get out of that, for sure.”
DODGERS THIRD BASEMAN Justin Turner can’t grab an errant throw from right fielder Andre Ethier, allowing Miami’s Christian Yelich to score on the play.