Kershaw falters again in playoffs, pushing Dodgers to brink

Clayton Kershaw can’t shake his postseason curse, no longer even in a neutral-site NL Championship Sequence a couple of miles from his native land

ARLINGTON, Texas — Clayton Kershaw can not shake his postseason curse, no longer even in a neutral-site NL Championship Sequence a couple of miles from his native land.

The longtime ace of the Dodgers faltered firstly of the 6th inning towards Atlanta, permitting 3 immediately hits earlier than gazing the remainder of a six-run outburst within the Braves’ 10-2 win in Recreation Four on Thursday evening.

Kershaw’s franchise-high 12th postseason loss put Los Angeles down Three-1 within the best-of-seven sequence on the house of the Texas Rangers, getting ready to a moment immediately defeat within the NLCS after posting the appropriate file within the majors right through the pandemic-shortened season.

The 3-time NL Cy Younger Award winner — pitching two days after he was once scratched from a Recreation 2 get started as a result of again spasms — allowed 4 runs in five-plus innings, boosting his profession playoff ERA to Four.31.

Whilst Kershaw could also be the membership’s profession chief in postseason wins together with his 11-12 file, his October resume merely does not fit his stellar regular-season numbers: 175-76 with a 2.43 ERA.

In LA’s seven journeys to the NLCS over Kershaw’s 13 seasons, the Dallas local is Three-6 with a Four.84 ERA. And now he is been outpitched through a rookie making his postseason debut: Atlanta’s 22-year-old Recreation Four winner, Bryse Wilson.

Kershaw was once passed a 1-Zero lead on Edwin Ríos’ homer within the 3rd, however gave it up on Marcell Ozuna’s solo shot within the fourth, the primary of 2 for Ozuna.

Within the 6th, Ronald Acuña Jr.’s excessive chopper eluded the glove of a jumping Kershaw in the back of the mound for an infield unmarried. Freddie Freeman and Ozuna adopted with consecutive RBI doubles, and Kershaw was once achieved in Los Angeles’ 3rd loss in 4 video games since successful its first 5 within the playoffs.

Kershaw had by no means pitched close to his Dallas house earlier than doing so two times in per week and a part on this abnormal postseason, first with out fanatics in an NL Department Sequence sweep of San Diego after which a pandemic-reduced crowd within the NLCS.

The eight-time All-Celebrity recorded his 11th postseason win within the Dodgers’ 6-Five victory in Recreation 2 of the NLDS, however he was once a long way from dominant. Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer hit back-to-back homers to chop right into a Four-1 deficit.

If the Corridor of Reputation is in his long run, Kershaw may not be on my own amongst famous person pitchers who struggled within the playoffs.

Greg Maddux was once 11-14 within the playoffs, maximum of the ones choices when Atlanta received only one International Sequence right through a run of 14 immediately NL East titles. Randy Johnson was once 7-Nine, and fellow lefty Steve Carlton simply 6-6.

Some other lefty, David Worth, was once 2-Nine earlier than successful his ultimate 3 choices for Boston when the Crimson Sox received the International Sequence two years in the past.

Every of the ones has no less than one name, although. Kershaw nonetheless does not have one in spite of the membership file in playoff begins (28) and innings (177 1/3).

Kershaw now has 11 profession postseason begins of permitting no less than 4 runs, tied with Maddux for the second-most. Simplest Andy Pettitte, any other lefty, has extra.

Ozuna’s first homer in Recreation Four was once the 27th Kershaw has allowed within the playoffs, breaking a tie with Justin Verlander for second-most, additionally in the back of Pettitte (31).

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