Clayton Kershaw not at his best in Philadelphia

Clayton Kershaw saw two things come to an end Monday with one swing of the bat.

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.

Athlerr's hit was a 418-foot dinger off a Kershaw hanging slider, which ended up being the difference in the game as the Phillies ultimately won 4-3.

Five different players ties the franchise record set in 1979 and 2000, and the current team could break the record if Yasmani Grandal goes deep one more time before season's end as the catcher is now stuck on 19 long balls this season.

It's surely no coincidence that the second half has included Williams for the duration, Hoskins for the last six weeks, and contributions from Crawford (a defensive gem Monday at third base) and Alfaro (a two-run home run Saturday, following a Crawford walk, too). And it sure beats a 106 miles per hour baseball hitting a pitcher in the chest or head.

The creative home run was also Taylor's 20 of the season, making him the fifth Dodger with 20 or more home runs this season.

Is the home run obsession in baseball responsible for the damage being done to Kershaw just like every other pitcher - or is it a sign of his growing mortality as his 30th birthday approaches?

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Clayton Kershaw adjusts his hat after giving up a grand slam - the first grand slam of his Hall of Fame career - to Aaron Altherr during the sixth inning on Monday.

"You want to play in the big leagues, let's play in the big leagues", the second-year manager said. He's at four. I definitely know he's trending in the right direction.

"I thought he pitched really well tonight", continued Roberts. "We had the lead, and I blew it, and we lost". (Coincidentally, that 30-game stretch also includes allowing four inside-the-park home runs in the last 29 games).

Freddy Galvis went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a walk, a run scored, and two steals Friday against the Cubs.

Hector Neris recorded his 22nd save for the Phillies despite allowing a solo homer to Curtis Granderson in the ninth.

The Dodgers had three home runs themselves but it wasn't enough to counteract Altherr's one sweet shot. "Right there, I liked our chances".

  • Regina Holmes