First slam off Clayton Kershaw latest setback on his road to recovery

First slam off Clayton Kershaw latest setback on his road to recovery

Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw pitches during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in Philadelphia.

After 1,917 career innings pitched, only 125 (now 126) home runs allowed in 10 seasons in the league, and a dominant reputation, Kershaw finally let up a grand slam.

Five different players ties the franchise record set in 1979 and 2000, and the current team could break the record if Yasmani Grandal goes deep one more time before season's end as the catcher is now stuck on 19 long balls this season.

The Dodgers (96-54) took a 2-0 lead with back-to-back home runs to open the first inning, and they still held that edge entering the sixth inning against the seemingly lifeless Phillies (59-91).

Pivetta, who'd allowed 13 runs in 10 innings in his previous two starts, gave up just two hits (both singles) and a walk after the first inning. And it sure beats a 106 miles per hour baseball hitting a pitcher in the chest or head. Corey Seager came into this set with 151 hits, 78 runs, 20 homers and 71 RBI while Justin Turner had 139 hits, 68 runs, 20 homers and 69 RBI.

Even Kershaw couldn't pitch himself out of bases-loaded jams forever. Kershaw allowed four earned runs in six innings of work to take the loss. Hoskins had some big at-bats, and that was a big at-bat to walk right there.

Freddy Galvis went 2-4 with a couple of singles.

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"I really don't have an answer for that".

Since his return from the disabled list on September 1, Kershaw was sharp against San Diego, shaky against Colorado and so-so against San Francisco before taking on the Phillies, who usually go down meekly against him. I feel like we can play with anybody and get a win. The second, of course, was on Monday where he gave up the grand slam and walked two in one inning.

Following the grand slam, Altherr improved his slash line to.276/.348/.521 along with 17 home runs, 55 RBI, and 51 runs scored in 362 plate appearances.

"You can see him feeling for things", Roberts said.

Granderson homered to right with one out in the ninth to pull Los Angeles within one, but Hector Neris recovered to record his 22nd save in 25 chances.

The Dodgers had three home runs themselves but it wasn't enough to counteract Altherr's one sweet shot.

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