Sun. Oct 1st, 2023

 Clayton Kershaw (35), whom the Los Angeles Dodgers trusted, collapsed and fell into a two-game losing streak.

The Dodgers lost 5-10 in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, USA on the 22nd (Korean time). 메이저사이트

Starting pitcher Kershaw was sluggish with 5 hits, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts and 4 runs in 3⅔innings, becoming a losing pitcher. The ensuing bullpen also conceded six more runs. In the other line, Miguel Rojas hit a multi-hit, but it did not affect the result of the game. 

The Dodgers are in a situation where Justin May and Julio Urias have been sidelined due to injuries, leaving a gap in the starting lineup. For this reason, the performance of Kershaw, the ace who remained in the starting lineup, was important.

However, Kershaw did not finish the fourth inning on the mound that day. The number of pitches reached 95., the official major league media, said, “The Dodgers have recently had a flexible starting lineup and have not been able to handle many innings. I expected the ace Kershaw to perform like an ace. However, Kershaw struggled for two consecutive games,” he regretted Kerso’s sluggish performance. 

“There was no particular problem,” Kershaw said. I just didn’t throw well. It’s really disappointing. He did not play well with his teammates. I really wanted to throw longer. So I think I disappointed my teammates, especially the bullpen pitchers.” 

“Kershaw is not injured,” manager Dave Roberts said. However, he felt that he had lost his fastball velocity. Even the slider velocity was the lowest I’ve seen this year. The rites were also not sophisticated. It’s a bad combination,” he explained why he replaced Kershaw early. 

The Dodgers haven’t had a starting pitcher make it past the fifth inning in five of their last seven games. “Pitchers can have their ups and downs,” said manager Roberts. Sometimes the starting pitchers can get out of the bullpen and other times it can be the other way around. And right now, our starting pitching depth is not good. I think the St. Louis batting line was good. There are good hitters from 1 to 9, and they increase the number of pitches.” 

Meanwhile, Kershaw, who recently lost his mother, will be away for a few days to attend a memorial service.

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