Phillies pitcher somehow catches a comebacker in his jersey

Phillies pitcher somehow catches a comebacker in his jerseyā€¯

Kershaw uncharacteristically walked a pair of Phillies hitters around a single by Freddy Galvis and was just one pitch away from getting out of the inning unscathed.

When Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr stepped to the plate in the sixth inning with the bases loaded Monday night, history suggested Kershaw had things under control. It was the first grand slam Kershaw has ever allowed in his 10-year career.

Kershaw, a three-time National League Cy Young award victor, entered with the best ERA in the majors - 2.12 - and he'd allowed just one run in 31 innings in his previous four starts against the Phillies.

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.

After the game, Clayton Kershaw was obviously unhappy with his performance, which comes after a solid outing in San Francisco where he went six innings and gave up just two runs (one earned run). I was just looking in a certain zone. Off the top of his head, he remembered it well, even down to the pitcher he hit it off of (the Cubs' Matt Clement) and the fielder involved. Kershaw (17-4) had allowed two hits through the first five innings. Hoskins had some big at-bats, and that was a big at-bat to walk right there.

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

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Altherr was all over a 1-and-1 slider from Kershaw, driving it into the seats for the grand slam. I feel like we can play with anybody and get a win.

The loss kept the Dodgers from cutting any further into their magic number to clinch the NL West (four).

While the Phillies did win the game 4-3, Kershaw's Dodgers remain in ideal position to win their division.

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. And he's at four, so I definitely know he's trending in the right way.

Chris Taylor and Justin Turner hit back-to-back home runs to start the game and there was every reason to expect the Dodgers to score more against Phillies starter Nick Pivetta.

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