Clayton has had a rough go of it recently. Sure, he's still striking out batters at a healthy clip, but for whatever reason the opposition is getting on base more often and scoring more runs. Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
Kershaw, his fastball several ticks slower than usual, conceded his pitches "just weren't coming out, for some reason." He said he felt fine -- "You're going to have those days," -- and he tipped his cap to Bumgarner, who stunned him by slugging a third-inning home run with two outs.This is the first I've read that his velocity is down; which is a bit disconcerting. Worse yet, he conceded that he was running on empty, via Mark Saxon at ESPN:
"Fastball down the middle," he said. "I should have a little more respect for him."
Kershaw’s velocity was down a little bit on Thursday, and he admitted he didn’t “have a whole lot in the tank, honestly.”What is clear is that the Giants are no laughing matter, Bumgarner is a proven champion ace and their manager Bruce Bochy might be the best in the business. The Giants are riding high with a six game winning streak, and you have to figure we'll be battling them for a playoff spot all season long.
“It just wasn’t coming out for whatever reason,” Kershaw said. “It’s tough. Madison pitched really well, and you just tip your cap, again.”
Photo above via the @Dodgers on twitter. Below are some more links to check out:
- Check out this great graphic of "40 Ways The World Makes Awesome Hot Dogs," via Jess Kapadia and Mike Houston at the Food Republic. They include the world famous Dodger Dog on their list - the only one not related to a geographical area. (Hat Tip: u/Isai76 on Reddit)
- J.P. Hoornstra at Inside the Dodgers has some background on Ryu's surgery yesterday and what they found.
The left-hander needed a repair of his left labrum and will not pitch again until 2016.
- I'm not surprised one bit. Via Bill Plunkett at the OC Register, "Dodgers place infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena on suspended list."
Erisbel Arruebarrena has not played a game at any level this season and has been placed on the suspended list by the Dodgers, apparently for disciplinary reasons.
- Via Jake Seiner at MiLB.com, "Stock Watch: De Leon's great deception."
"Part of his success is that he hides the ball really well," said Rancho Cucamonga pitching coach Bill Simas. "Some people have a knack for that. It's hard to explain. He hides it behind his body until that release."
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