Even With Good Pitching, Padres Lose Series
By Nick Lee
Aug 21, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) throws in the second inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Game 3 L, 2-1
In the finale, the Padres ran into the buzzsaw that is Clayton Kershaw. It was a heart-breaker as the Padres did take a late 1-0 lead against him in the 7th only to see that lead disappear with one swing on Justin Turner’s go-ahead home run in the 8th. The Dodgers eventually held on to win 2-1.
It was a classic pitcher’s duel between Tyson Ross and Kershaw. Both pitched 8 innings. Ross only allowed 4 hits but that fateful home run was enough for the loss. He looked just as good as Kershaw throughout the game, striking out 8 and only walking 2. Kershaw only allowed 3 hits and only one run. He struck out 10 Padres. The loss puts Ross at 11-12 and Kershaw moves to 15-3. This is not the first time Ross has been handed a loss after pitching a gem. He only needed 75 pitches to get through the first 7 innings. Kershaw took a no-hitter into the 6th inning. The only run he allowed was in the 7th when Abraham Almonte led off the inning with a single and a few batters later he got to third base. Then Rene Rivera came through with an RBI single. Rivera also had a busy day defensively, gunning down Carl Crawford and Dee Gordon on the base paths.