A late-night flight, bizarrely hot and humid weather,
And none of that was probably the strangest element to the
But Kershaw has now surrendered 11 home runs in his 15 starts. That's two more than he gave up all last season in 27 starts. The most homers he's given up in a season was 16 in 33 starts in 2012.
It isn’t as if Kershaw is the worst offender in baseball -- Colorado’s
If Kershaw wasn't having trouble with the long ball, the rest of his numbers might look more Kershaw-ish.
After Hernandez hit his third home run in the top of the inning, Cubs phenom
With the Dodgers doing nothing against the Cubs' bullpen -- starter Tsuyoshi Wada left in the third inning because of a shoulder cramp -- Bryant's home run appeared to be all the offense Chicago would need.
Kershaw struck out nine and gave up only four hits in seven innings.
He also was apparently annoyed when Cubs Manager
Kershaw seemed annoyed with Maddon's stall tactics. Play was suspended 10 minutes and when the umpires finally decided there was plenty of light to continue, Maddon played the rest of the game under protest.
The Dodgers managed only five hits on the balmy night. They did get two on when Puig and Pederson walked with two outs in the third, but with
Pederson's home run in the ninth was his 19th of the season.