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Dodgers Highlights: Kershaw Battles with BABIP Gods, LA Bats Flat in Loss

All good things come to an end. Like the Dodgers’ win streak. Clayton Kershaw was the victim of bad luck all night long, laboring through 4 innings on 90 pitches, his worst start of the year at Dodger Stadium. He still gave the team everything he had and, considering he entered the game pitching with a heavy heart after losing his mom over the weekend, it was more than we could have asked for.


Let’s get into the few and far in between highlights for this game.

The Twins got on the board first with an RBI single by old friend Kyle Farmer, who’s been an annoyance in this series. Minnesota added single runs in the 4th and 5th innings.

The Dodgers had plenty of chances in the game with base hits to lead off innings in 4 of 9 innings but couldn’t capitalize. They got their only run of the night in the 5th inning when Freddie Freeman drove home Miguel Rojas with a single.

LA’s best look at this game came in the 7th when Chris Taylor came up as a pinch hitter with the bases loaded and 2 out. But he lined out to center fielder Michael Taylor (no relation) to end it. Dave Roberts had an opportunity to pinch hit for Austin Barnes with a runner on 2nd base and one out but opted to keep Will Smith on the bench for his night off.

Famer got back at his old team again in the top of the 9th with a 2-run blast off Justin Bruihl.

Barnes got back at that tweet above with a 2 out single in the bottom of the 9th, but Mookie Betts flied out to right to end it.

5-1 Twins win.

Let’s just… not remember this one.

Up Next

The Dodgers for the series win with Dustin May on the mound for the businessman’s special, a 12:10 PM start in Los Angeles. He faces MLB ERA leader Sonny Gray.

Sonny Gray v D May in LA? Whaddaya say!

Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. Since joining Dodgers Nation, Clint has helped grow the site into a top-50 baseball website in the world. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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