Kershaw adds another October flop

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Clayton Kershaw might very well go into the Hall of Fame one day on the strength of his amazing regular-season success , dragging behind him a painful October history he would rather forget.  Another chapter to his playoff woes was added Wednesday night when the three-time Cy Young Award winner squandered a two-run lead with the Los Angeles Dodgers six outs from advancing to a fourth straight NL Championship Series.

“When you don’t win the last game of the season and you’re to blame for it, it’s not fun,” Kershaw said, his eyes red. “The main reason (it hurts) is the group of guys in this clubhouse. It’s a terrible feeling.”

Kershaw has been the heart and soul of the Dodgers  since  he arrived in Los Angeles  in 2008 at the age 20. His body of work in the regular season (169-74 with a 2.44 ERA) is practically unmatched, he is 9-11 with a 4.43 ERA and 24 home runs allowed in 32 post-season games, 25 starts.

“It might linger for a while,” he said. “I might not get over it. I don’t know. Spring training is going to come and I will have to be ready to pitch and do my job the best I can.”

If Rendon’s homer to pull the Nationals within a run was a jolt to the system, the long ball from Soto, deep into the seats in right-centre, was the gut punch. Kershaw crouched on the mound before Soto’s drive even cleared the wall, removing his cap and turning his head to watch the ball land in the crowd.

Kershaw also took the loss as a starter in Game 2 at home, when he gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.

“I’m not going to shy away from it,” he said. “Everything people say is true right now about the post-season. I understand that. Nothing I can do about it right now. It’s a terrible feeling. It really is. I’m not going to hang my head. I will be here next year and try to do the same thing I try to do every single year.”

Kershaw also took the loss as a starter in Game 2 at home, when he gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.

 

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