Clayton Kershaw wasn’t his usual dominant self on Opening Day last Monday against the Padres, yielding three earned runs on two walks and six hits over just six innings. And he was even worse in his second turn through the Dodgers’ 2015 rotation.
Kershaw gave up six runs — five earned — over 6 1/3 innings Saturday night at Arizona’s Chase Field as the Dodgers fell 6-0 to the Diamondbacks. Kershaw walked three and surrendered 10 hits — one of which was a seventh-inning Paul Goldschmidt homer that sailed 411 feet and drove Kershaw from the game.
As noted by Eric Stephen of True Blue LA, this was only the fourth time Kershaw had allowed double-digit hits in his eight-year major league career. He has done it twice at Coors Field and the other time was last year’s NLDS Game 1 against the Cardinals.
Out-dueling him on the other side Saturday night was Diamondbacks right-hander Archie Bradley, who spun six innings of shutout ball with six strikeouts in what was his major league debut.
Kershaw will carry a 5.84 ERA into his next start at home against the Rockies.