Dodgers Score: Kershaw Loses Early Lead, LA Falls to Dbacks
The Dodgers winning streak ends at 3. Clayton Kershaw struggled keeping the Diamondbacks off the basepaths, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, 2 on back to back home runs by Evan Longoria and Corbin Carroll. The LA offense couldn’t capitalize on 9 walks issued by Arizona pitching and was held scoreless over the final 5 innings of the game.
There were some highlights for the Dodger bats though.
What Went Right
Mookie Betts lead off the game with a double and later scored on a J.D Martinez sacrifice fly to give the Dodgers the early lead.
James Outman got his first career big league hit off a left-handed pitcher with a second inning homer off Madison Bumgarner. It was also his first career home run off a lefty pitcher. Obviously.
The shot got a reaction from Walker Buehler on Twitter.
Chris Taylor matched Outman with a 416ft homer of his own off MadBum. This bomb put the Dodgers back on top at one point.
On the pitching side of things, Clayton Kershaw couldn’t put Dbacks hitters away as easily as he did one week earlier. He was left in probably one inning too long and served up back to back homers to Longoria and Carroll, as mentioned earlier. One issue for the Dodgers was the bullpen was down its best pitcher in Evan Longoria, which may have force Dave Roberts to leave in Kersh for one more inning.
“Little bit of an off night,” Kershaw said after the game. “I did a lot of things I shouldn’t, especially when your team grinds to give you the lead like that. A lot of things to work on for the next one.”
Brusdar Graterol pitched a clean inning to follow Kershaw in the 7th before Yency Almonte allowed 2 more runs in the 8th.
Dave Roberts Reacts
“It didn’t seem like he felt comfortable all night” – Roberts on Kershaw’s evening.
The Dodgers play the Diamondbacks once again, with Noah Syndergaard getting his second start of the season against Zach Davies. Game time changes once again with first pitch set for 5:10 PM PT.