This is why I said yesterday, you go with Clayton Kershaw on short rest; and that manager Dave Roberts did the right thing by giving the ball to Kershaw. Because he did his job.
Again, on short rest; something almost no one else does anymore. And Kershaw’s done it four years in a row. And the fact that he allowed five runs is not just another example of how this guy can’t get it done in the postseason.
That rap is whack. He can. He has before. And he did again yesterday. He did his job. He pitched well. And he did it on three days, in a season where he missed considerable time with a back injury.
This dude is a horse. And he did it on a day, where he didn’t have his best stuff and needed 27 pitches to get out of the first inning alone. But was able to grind six innings to give them a three run lead. Now, at that point, I would have taken him out. He made 90 plus pitches, struck out 10, had a double and gave them a three run lead; and did more than enough to send this thing back to the District for Game 5. Get him out of there, get it to the bullpen and save him to fight another day, because they’ll need him again if they do grind out a Game 5 win.
Instead, he comes out in the 7th, he loads the bases and is unable to get out of the inning. And then the Dodger bullpen does what it usually does when he pitches in the postseason; allows the inherited runners to score. And it took about 3 minutes for the Nationals to push across the tying three runs. His runners, his ERA and once again, that old narrative that he can’t pitch in the postseason.
But it’s bogus. He did his job. The bullpen didn’t do theirs.
Especially Pedro Baez, who came in and was asked to do one thing: get Jayson Werth out; and he promptly dotted him on his first and only pitch he threw. Dude did not earn his paycheck yesterday, because that was pretty much the last thing he should have done.
Luckily, Chase Utley picked them all up with the game-winning knock and Kenley Jansen somehow held it together to get the last three outs to send it back to the District for Game 5.
As for Kershaw, he started two games in this series and they won both. That’s all you need to know about him.