Clayton Kershaw gives up 1st grand slam, loses to Phillies

Clayton Kershaw

Taylor broke out of his most recent 0-for-15 slump with a little bit of luck from the outfielder guard rail as he hammered the second pitch of the game off the rail in left-center and the ball ricocheted into left field and away from two Phillies outfielders allowing CT3 to easily run around the bases for a leadoff, stand-up, inside-the-park home run. The Phillies are now the only team against which Kershaw is two games under.500 in his career.

Three innings later, Hector Neris recovered from a solo home run and buried his Dodger Stadium demons from April and the Phillies held on to a 4-3 victory, arguably the young team's most important of the season.

Fantasy Impact Kershaw also struck out six and walked just two. I was just looking in a certain zone. Taylor added to his career high with home run No. 20 on the year.

Is the home run obsession in baseball responsible for the damage being done to Kershaw just like every other pitcher - or is it a sign of his growing mortality as his 30th birthday approaches?

All four runs came off the bat of Aaron Altherr, who hit a grand slam. Justin Turner and Corey Seager each went 1-for-3 and have hit safely in eight of nine games for Los Angeles.

A sixth inning that began with a walk by pinch-hitter Ty Kelly and a flare single by Freddy Galvis grew steam when Hoskins battled Kershaw for seven pitches to work a walk.

"I thought he pitched really well tonight", continued Roberts.

"We had the lead and I blew it and we lost", Kershaw said matter-of-factly.

Since his return from the disabled list on September 1, Kershaw was sharp against San Diego, shaky against Colorado and so-so against San Francisco before taking on the Phillies, who usually go down meekly against him. Altherr pounded it to the upper deck in left field for his second career grand slam.

They beat the Giants twice in San Francisco, then rolled into Washington and took two of three from the Nationals to reduce their magic number in the NL West to four.

He'll never hit an easier inside-the-park home run than that.

"You can see him feeling for things", Roberts said. "I definitely don't take it for granted".

The Dodgers had three home runs themselves but it wasn't enough to counteract Altherr's one sweet shot.

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