I suppose the best way to honor the man who raised you, took you to ball practice and talked to you endlessly about the greats of the game, is to go out and take the ball. Not only take it though, but dominate with it and that is exactly what Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace lefty Clayton Kershaw did Friday night.
Unfortunately for him, his team could not back him up with any run support and the once probable magical night for Kershaw turned into another head-scratcher for L.A.
Less than a week after the passing of his father and a trip back to his hometown in Texas to be with his family, Kershaw mowed down the entire San Francisco Giants lineup until the bottom of the sixth inning.
As billed, the game was a pitching fan’s paradise. A duel between two lefties, Kershaw for the blue crew and Barry Zito for the Giants, in a game between bitter rivals…until the fifth inning anyway. Zito was removed nearing 100 pitches and down a run.
The Giants got that run back in the bottom of the sixth and Kershaw was relieved after recording all three outs in the seventh and the game tied at one. Even though the chance for a no-hitter was gone and a shutout victory was no longer a possibility, the blue crew still could have amped it up and earned a huge win.
In the end, the emotional three-hit performance by Kershaw was for nothing as the Dodgers lost the game in the bottom of the ninth. It should have been a better outcome for Kershaw on what could have been a magical night.