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Clayton Kershaw Surrenders First Career Grand Slam

Clayton Kershaw Surrenders First Career Grand Slam”

Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw pitches during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in Philadelphia.

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 allowed in Kershaw's career, and the one mistake was all it took for Kershaw (17-4) to get the loss, allowing all four runs to come on one pitch, scattering four hits with two walks (both in the 6 inning) with six strikeouts in six innings.

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw gives up first grand slam of career in loss to Phillies

Not only did Los Angeles Dodgers leadoff hitter Chris Taylor's hit to lead off the game have plenty of loft on it, but it hit a barrier on the left-center field wall at Citizens Bank Park that sent the ball rolling toward the left-field line. The Phillies are one of only three teams Kershaw has a losing record against.

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 just wanted to make sure I got the head out. He has already allowed a career-high 21 homers despite missing five weeks with a lower back strain. Yeah, he had two walks in the sixth and gave up the grand slam, first in his career. He had reason to lament the two walks he issued to Ty Kelly and Rhys Hoskins every bit as much as the long ball he surrendered to Altherr. "We had the lead and I blew it and we lost, so there's not a lot of progress there to be had". Running hard all the way - "I thought it was going to be a deep flyout, I thought I got under it too much", he said - Taylor stepped on second as the ball first bounced on the outfield grass after the insane carom.

Galvis finished 2-for-3 off Kershaw and is batting.600 (6-for-10) lifetime against the left-hander.

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Since returning from the disabled list, Kershaw has started four games and has shown a couple of signs of being human. And he's at four, so I definitely know he's trending in the right way.

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

The offense put up four runs on four hits.

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