Beckett marveled at what Kershaw showed Tuesday night in a 3-2 defeat to the
Kershaw had one of his worst starts of the season on this night. Beset by command problems, Kershaw lasted only 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and gave up seven hits. He threw 107 pitches. Still, the
"You're never going to have your best stuff every game," said Kershaw (13-8), whose earned-run average stayed at 1.72. "You've got to figure out ways to get guys out regardless."
The Dodgers' inability to reverse the 2-0 deficit with which Kershaw left them pointed to what appears to be a growing problem: The Dodgers can't hit.
Hanley Ramirez and
In the Dodgers' defense, the opposing starter was an All-Star: left-hander
The Dodgers' inability to hit Wood highlighted a problem Manager
"I feel like it's nothing more than a little lull," Mattingly said Tuesday. " I think we've got some guys that are a little tired."
The Dodgers didn't score until the sixth inning, when Ramirez singled, advanced to second when Wood made an errant throw attempting to pick him off, and went home on a single by
But the Cubs added a run in the seventh inning, loading the bases against
The run proved crucial, as Ramirez scored again in the eighth inning, this time on a hit by Andre Ethier.
This marked the 14th time in Kershaw's 24 starts in which the Dodgers scored two or fewer runs before the left-hander exited the game.
What Kershaw lacked in command on this night, he made up with tenacity.
The Cubs had men on first and second with one out in the first inning, but Kershaw struck out
Kershaw couldn't prevent the Cubs from scoring in the third inning, as
"This isn't what we've come to see as typical Clayton," Mattingly said. "He wasn't quite as sharp as he's been."