Clayton Kershaw fiddled with a piece of tape as he stood in front of a locker and fielded questions about what had gone wrong.
For most pitchers, a performance like Kershaw's in a 4-3 loss to the scuffling Milwaukee Brewers would be perfectly adequate. He was charged with three runs in 71/3 innings, struck out eight and received no decision.
But for Kershaw, it was a cause for frustration, a feeling that he preferred not to revisit. So he didn't. With a smile, he politely declined to analyze why the brilliance he usually displays eluded him, as it has for his first six starts this season.
Did he, a reporter asked, get fatigued in the eighth inning?