October to forget: Kershaw, Dodgers lose World Series again
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 29, 2018 12:52 PM
Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts, right, watches his home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw during the sixth inning in Game 5 of the World Series baseball game on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
By Beth Harris, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw couldn't rescue the Dodgers from the brink of World Series elimination, and now the pitcher regarded as the best of his generation might be on his way out of Los Angeles.
Down 3-1 to the Boston Red Sox, the Dodgers turned to their three-time NL Cy Young Award winner to deliver a victory and force the best-of-seven Series back to Boston.
Instead, it was another postseason shellacking for Kershaw.
The left-hander gave up three home runs, including a two-run shot by Steve Pearce in the first inning, and the Dodgers lost 5-1 on Sunday.
They glumly watched the opposition celebrate a World Series championship on their field for the second straight year. Last October, it was Houston partying at Chavez Ravine.
Manager Dave Roberts visibly exhaled. Rookie Walker Buehler stared at the Red Sox hugging near the mound.
"This one hurts for all of us," Roberts said.
The Dodgers managed just one baserunner — via walk — after the third inning. They were held to three hits.
Kershaw gave up four runs and seven hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked none. Kershaw has a 6.06 ERA in six career postseason starts with his team facing elimination, the worst among any starter with four such appearances — Pedro Martinez is next on the list at 5.92.
After falling out of contention to start the season, the Dodgers beat Colorado in the NL tiebreaker for a record sixth straight division title and got by Milwaukee in seven games to earn their second consecutive NL pennant.
But they couldn't get it done when it counted most. And now it's been 30 years since the storied franchise won the last of its six titles.
Kershaw can opt out of the last two years and $65 million of his contract now that the World Series is over. Dodgers ownership has made it clear they'd like to keep their 30-year-old ace. He has never played anywhere else during his big-league career.
Manny Machado could be gone, too, after a short stay in Los Angeles. He was hitless in four at-bats Sunday, with three strikeouts, including one to end the game.
Acquired before the July trade deadline, Machado showed excellent defense at shortstop, but his lack of hustle and incendiary antics were even more notable. Injured Corey Seager will be back in the hole next year.
Roberts hasn't received a contract extension, but he said afterward, "I expect to be managing the Dodgers."
A year after leading the majors in victories, the Dodgers were on a whipsaw ride. They often fell behind and had to rally. Many times it worked. Other times not.
"I expect us to be back here next year," Roberts said.
Maybe not everyone, though.