Kershaw in the dugout after being eliminated in the eighth inning.
LOS ANGELES– Clayton Kershaw cut to the chase.
He’s had to do this a few times previously.
” When you do not win the last game of the season and you’re to blame for it, it’s not enjoyable,” he said Wednesday night following the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season-ending loss to the Washington Nationals. “… Yeah, it’s simply a horrible sensation.”.
The Kershaw-induced nausea of the Dodgers’ 7-3, 10-inning loss in Video game 5 of the National League Division Series unfolded like this:.
Top of the 8th. Dodgers led 3-1. Out came Kershaw, pitching in relief.
Very first batter: Anthony Rendon. The Nationals slugger blasted Kershaw’s 2nd pitch for a home run into the left field bleachers.
Second batter: Juan Soto. Batting cleanup for the Nationals, the 20-year-old crushed Kershaw’s extremely next pitch 449 feet to right-center.
3 pitches. Two crowning achievement. Easily, the Nationals were tied 3-3 and Kershaw was on his method to the showers.
” You know, I had a job to do. Get three outs,” Kershaw stated.
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In reality, Kershaw had actually gotten an out. A huge one.
In the top of the seventh, with 2 outs and runners on very first and second, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts generated Kershaw to replace beginning pitcher Walker Buehler. Kershaw without delay started out Adam Eaton on three pitches and ended the scare.
But an inning later, Kershaw provided the homers to Rendon and Soto.
” There’s no excuses. Simply didn’t make pitches,” Kershaw stated and later on added, “Everything individuals state is true today, about the postseason. I comprehend that.”.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts faced criticism and questions after the game about why he sent Kershaw back out for the 8th after he had gotten the huge out an inning earlier.
” For him to make himself offered tonight and get us out of a big spot right there,” Roberts stated. “it just didn’t work out. There’s always going to be second-guessing when things don’t work out, however I’ll take my chances any day on Clayton.”.
Throughout Kershaw’s 12 seasons in the majors, he has a 2.44 ERA. However in 158 1/3 career postseason innings, he has a 4.33 PERIOD.
” I’m not going to get down about it about myself,” Kershaw stated. “I’m not going to feel sorry about myself. I just feel sorry for these men in this (clubhouse) room. That’s about it.”.
And how long will it take to get over this newest dissatisfaction?
” I’ve had to do it so much, I do not understand,” Kershaw stated. “It may remain for a while. I may not overcome it. I do not know.
” But spring training’s going to come, I’m going to need to be all set to pitch and get the job done the very best we can.”.