Clayton Kershaw definitely didn’t put together the start he envisioned on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. He allowed 2 runs on 7 hits in his first loss in LA in nearly two years, lasting just 4 innings when the team could have used another vintage performance from the ace. But, heading into the start, there were bigger things at play.
It was his first start since his mother, Marianne, passed away three days earlier on Saturday. He did confirm after the game he wasn’t feeling any added emotions that would have affected his outing, he was just more annoyed by the series of events from the game. He wasn’t hit particularly hard by any means. Some plays that could or should have been made on the infield were booted. He incurred a pitch clock violation. He was late covering the bag at first base on an infield hit.
“There were not a ton of hard-hit balls tonight. A couple were, but other than that, just long at-bats. They put good at-bats on me the whole night. I wasn’t able to have any quick innings tonight.”
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said it seemed like Kershaw got agitated out on the mound and admitted that probably wasn’t the best thing.
“I just felt that he was more agitated, not in rhythm and you can see his frustration even with that,” said Roberts. “I think there’s an intensity with him every time he takes the mound. But I think that agitation isn’t kind of typical for him.”
He’ll look to wash this game and look forward to his next start. And he revealed exactly when that would be, considering at some point he’ll need to get together with family and celebrate the life of his departed mother.
“I’m going to make my next start in St. Louis then take it from there.”
Kershaw Thanks Those Who Shared Condolences
While he wasn’t thrilled with his outing by any means or the dog and pony show that comes after with the bland “what were feeling out there” questions, he did take time during his media availability to thank the people who reached out and showed concern and condolences since Saturday.
“It’s been humbling to see how many people have reached out, and I’m thankful for that. She was a great lady, and just thank you for everybody that has reached out. It’s really nice.”
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