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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw Can’t Finish First Inning in NLDS Game 1, MLB World Reacts

You could not have scripted a worse start for the Dodgers. Future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw took the mound for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS, and didn’t last very long.

Kershaw allowed six runs to score while recording just one out, before being relieved by RHP Emmet Sheehan.

It was the shortest start of Kershaw’s entire career, and could not have come at a worse time.

The baseball world took to social media to react to this shocking start to the NLDS for LA.

Over on Twitter, we asked our fans for some reactions to this beyond frustrating start.

This is obviously not the start anyone wanted, but fortunately, we still have a long game and series ahead of us. The Dodgers had 38 comeback wins this season. Let’s hope they can make this No. 39.

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.


  1. I am so sick of watching this team choke in the playoffs year after year against vastly inferior teams. It is like a broken record at this point. Hey Doug, I thought this year’s team was different. What a fricking joke.

    1. Harold, let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. It’s just game 1. Remember last year, SD lost game 1 and came back against a 111 game winning team. Dodgers were down 3-1 in the 2020 NLCS and came back. Have faith…anything is possible. If you’re a praying man, pray that our rookie staff comes through and our bats light up.

  2. Is anyone really that surprised? This is what the Dodgers do every single October. Kershaw was physically unable to pitch and it’s on Roberts that he was out there in the first place. Kershaw was a big contributor in tonight’s loss but he will be on the bench Monday. The other contributors were the Dodgers hitters. That’s much more concerning to me than an aging veteran pitcher with no arm getting rocked. The Dodgers offense is always a no show come October. The Dodgers narrative is the offense quits in October. The offense will have to win the Dodgers a WS it is that simple. Their SP’s will not shutdown anyone if the D-Backs rocked them. Zac Gallan is a monster and I fully expect the Dodger bats to stay ice cold on Monday. If they lose to the 6 seed in the NLDS yet again Roberts must go. This team is NEVER ready when the games matter most. Looks like another 100 win season will be end with a wimper.

    1. Yeah, I feel the exact same way. Hopefully they lose in three so we don’t have to see Kershaw get rocked again.

  3. there were 2 sad aspects of game 1:
    1. Kershaw getting hammered and fully embarrassed — so sad to watch. Kersh could not keep the ball out of the middle of the zone, and with no movement, he was doomed.
    2. Dodgers just flat quit after the first 2 innings. D’backs were smart to pitch around Mookie and Freddie and make the rest of the team perform. only Will Smith did come through, with half of the team’s paltry 4 hits. sadly looks like the 2022 NLDS all over again.

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