Clayton Kershaw (LA Dodgers), who climbed the mound despite the grief of losing his mother, lowered his head in a more sluggish manner than usual.
Kershaw started in the 2023 MLB Minnesota Twins home game held at Dodger Stadium in California, USA on the 17th (Korean time) and was sluggish with 7 hits, 1 walk and 2 runs in 4 innings.
The bullpen pitched a total of 8 innings (six men) in the game the day before, when the Dodgers won 9-8 after 12 extra innings. On this day, I hoped that Kershaw would throw as many innings as possible. However, Kershaw only pitched the fewest innings for the season. He also suffered a loss at home for the first time since the match against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 17, 2021 (2 runs in 6 innings).
But nobody can say anything about Kershaw’s pitching.
This is because he showed a sense of responsibility to climb the mound on this day despite the sadness of his mother last weekend. Kershaw is said to have been raised by his mother as his parents divorced when he was 10 years old. His father passed away in 2013. Kershaw was able to apply for funeral leave (three to seven days), but went through with the scheduled schedule.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “Kershaw seemed to lose his rhythm and become more agitated, and he could feel the frustration in that way.”
Kershaw had a total of 90 pitches (57 strikes) through the 4th inning that day. He never committed a triple trip, and gave up two or more runners every inning except for the third. Kershaw, who reached base with a double from Donovan Solano, the first batter in the first inning, gave up the lead with a timely left-handed hit by Kyle Palmer. He allowed an extra run in the top of the 4th inning, trailing 0-1. 먹튀검증
The Dodgers, who led the National League West, lost 1-5, ending their six-game winning streak.
In an interview with local media after the match, Kershaw said he did not want to discuss his mother in detail as it was a private matter. However, he said, “A lot of people have contacted me over the past few days. Thank you.”
Ace Kershaw, who has been active only with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 16 years, is in good shape with 6 wins, 3 losses and an ERA of 2.52 this season.
Kershaw said, “The next selection is scheduled against St. Louis on the 22nd,” revealing his will to make the next appearance as well.