Hey, it’s no more a reach than any other explanation for
Kershaw gave up seven runs in an absolutely abysmal second inning -- and then, La Russa or no La Russa, Arizona being Arizona, the Diamondbacks almost had to hang on for an otherworldly 18-7 victory at
Kershaw showed no indication he had been abducted by aliens and replaced by some impostor from a pod in the first inning, retiring the Diamondbacks in order, two on strikeouts.
But then came the second inning, when he couldn't locate his fastball and couldn't control his curveball. Very bad combo. Kershaw's inning went like this: walk, single, strikeout, triple, single, sacrifice bunt, triple, triple, double, balk, walk.
That will get any pitcher yanked out of a game, two-time
Kershaw never could get that third out, his 1 2/3 innings marking the second-shortest start of his career. He recorded one fewer out against the
Jamey Wright followed Kershaw, and after giving up an RBI single in the second (the run was charged to Kershaw), he gave up two more runs in his 2 1/3 innings.
Yet despite all that, the
They started to show some offensive life against Arizona rookie Chase Anderson behind -- who else? --
Puig crushed a two-run homer somewhere in the vicinity of Utah in the third inning. For Puig, that increased his career-high hitting streak to 16 games. He also set a Los Angeles Dodgers record with his eighth consecutive game with an extra-base hit and RBI. Otherwise, he's really struggling.
The Dodgers trailed 9-2 when they got themselves back into the game with a five-run sixth inning.
That ended the night for Anderson, but right-hander
Which was as close as the Dodgers would get.
Oh, and catcher
The Diamondbacks finished with five home runs, two by Goldschmidt, who also doubled twice, drove in six runs and scored five.