Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw and his postseason woes


Kershaw was cruising along nicely until the sixth inning, when he gave up two walks and a single to load the bases for Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr. He definitely recognized the mistakes that Kershaw made, but he also emphasized that he isn't going put too much importance on a bad inning when talking about "one of the best pitchers in the game".

Three innings later, Hector Neris recovered from a solo home run and buried his Dodger Stadium demons from April and the Phillies held on to a 4-3 victory, arguably the young team's most important of the season.

Center fielder Chris Taylor and third baseman Justin Turner each hit home runs. Los Angeles will look to bounce back in Philadelphia before returning home this weekend to face the Giants.

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"You try to make it just another game, but deep down you know it's really not because of how good he is and how good he's been over the years", he said, according to Matt Gelb of Philly.com.

Odubel Herrera went 0-4 at the top of the order. Pivetta was facing the Los Angeles Dodgers - specifically catcher Austin Barnes - and when Barnes ripped a comebacker right at Pivetta, the pitcher pulled off the type of catch you don't often see. Kershaw allowed four earned runs in six innings of work to take the loss.

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The Philadelphia Phillies won the first game of their series against the Dodgers on Monday night 4-3.

In other news, The Diamondbacks lost to the Padres on Monday, cutting the Dodgers' magic number down to just three! The Phillies are now the only team against which Kershaw is two games under.500 in his career. In the sixth, though, he walked pinch-hitter Ty Kelly to start the inning. He still owns a sterling 17-3 record with a 2.26 ERA and a 194/30 K/BB ratio in 163 innings on the season.

Altherr was all over a 1-and-1 slider from Kershaw, driving it into the seats for the grand slam. Taylor added to his career high with home run No. 20 on the year.

Since returning from the disabled list, Kershaw has started four games and has shown a couple of signs of being human.

Altherr's slam gave the Phillies a lead no one in Citizens Bank Park had reason to expect.

The Dodgers had three home runs themselves but it wasn't enough to counteract Altherr's one sweet shot.