The Dodgers Wasted Opportunities in Kershaw’s Return

Saturday, June 11. 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

Clayton Kershaw returned after missing five weeks, but the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the San Francisco Giants 3-to-2 on a picturesque Saturday afternoon in the Bay Area.

After missing five weeks on the IL because of the inflamed SI joint, Kershaw pitched well though he allowed two runs in four innings. At times during his start, Kershaw looked great, but at other times, he did not have good command. However, having command issues is expected when a pitcher has not thrown regularly. Unless Kershaw injures himself, he will perform better in his next start.

The weary Dodger bullpen of Yency Almonte, Alex Vesia, Caleb Ferguson, and Evan Phillips performed well. The well-rested Craig Kimbrel toiled with his control in the eighth inning allowing the Giants to score a run. This past week Kimbrel had been on paternity leave, and when Kimbrel does not pitch regularly, he is not effective.

Endlessly, the Dodgers had runners on base but could not capitalize on the scoring opportunities. In the eighth inning, Cody Bellinger had an RBI double, and in the ninth, Freddie Freeman hit a solo home run, his first in a month.

Former Dodger second baseman Steve Sax lost his thirty-three-year-old son, Captain John Sax in a helicopter accident. John was born during the magical 1988 season and was a Marine.

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