There they were, toe to toe in the dugout, left-hander Clayton Kershaw as heated as he’s ever been and Manager Don Mattingly calmly not budging. Both doing exactly what you would hope.
Mattingly had lifted Kershaw for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning Thursday afternoon, the Dodgers trailing 3-0. His ace had thrown 80 pitches and he was trying to save him for postseason innings to come.
Kershaw, ever the competitor, was not the least interested in coming out and let Mattingly know it in a head-bobbing, angry confrontation.
But the decision had been made, Mattingly resolute, and so naturally you know what happened next.
The Dodgers rallied in the...