Clayton Kershaw gave up three runs last night? How is this possible? The lefthander is the best pitcher on the planet and had an ERA of 1.70 heading into Monday night’s game against the San Diego Padres. Wait, never mind, two of those runs were unearned on one of the most comical series of errors you will ever see.
It all started when Padres catcher Rene Rivera hit a routine fly ball to center field in the sixth inning with one out and runners on first and second. Yasiel Puig made the catch and for some reason tried to double up the runner at first by throwing behind him. The throw got away, allowing the runners to advance to second and third. It got even uglier from there.
Dodgers catcher AJ Ellis, who was backing up the play at first, threw to second to try to get the runner who was advancing. That throw went into center field and allowed Yangervis Solarte to score. But wait, there’s more. Hanley Ramirez scooped up Ellis’ wild throw and fired it toward the plate. That throw was also way off-line, and outfielder Rymer Liriano came in to score. Kershaw couldn’t believe his eyes.
Fortunately, the Dodgers came out of the inning clinging to a five-run lead. Kershaw ended up with his 18th win of the season and actually lowered his ERA to 1.67. You know how they tell you in Little League to not throw the ball around? Don’t do that if you make it to the big leagues, either.
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