8/8/20 Los Angeles, Ca - Coming off a stunning performance in Arizona against the Diamondbacks just a week ago, missing nine games, it appeared that Clayton Kershaw looked refreshed and reformed on the mound. The Dodgers won that game 3-0, however on Saturday night in Los Angeles at his first home start of the season, Kershaw looked completely the opposite.
Unfortunately, Kershaw passed out home runs as if it were some type of a new scoring stimulus package to the San Francisco Giants. It was a difficult outing for him as normally, Kershaw dominated the Giants bats. The Dodgers lost 5-4, but the game was much further apart than the score would indicate.
Giants' Austin Slater was in elite company as he became one of the few that managed to homer off of Kershaw twice in a game. Mike Yastrzemski hit a solo homer into the right field in the top of 3rd and later connected on a double in the top of the fifth inning that added to San Francisco's lead.
He allowed four runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings with a walk and six strikeouts on 85 pitches, before manager Dave Roberts ended his night.
Giants manager Gabe Kappler was thrilled at his team's performance against Kershaw on Saturday night.
"Taking Kershaw deep twice is an impressive feat. He is arguably the best pitcher of the last 10 years."
"I just had a couple of rough innings there," Kershaw said post-game. "I left some over the middle a little bit. My command wasn't quite as good tonight."
To add insult to injury, the Dodgers hadn't acquired a hit until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Kike Hernandez connected on a single. Giants starter Johnny Cueto, who owned the Dodgers in the game, after he walked two of the next three Dodger batters, Justin Turner connected on a three-run homer.
Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Turner scored that cut the deficit to one run as Los Angeles trailed 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Dodgers will regroup and look to get a victory on Sunday against the Giants at 1:10 PM at Dodger Stadium. For more photos from this game click on the link at the bottom. #MLB #Dodgers #Giants #ClaytonKershaw