Los Angeles Dodgers’s Clayton Kershaw gave up four runs on just one inning – the shortest start to his career – in a 7-1 defeat to the Cubs in the first game of a double-header Tuesday in Chicago.
Kershaw was pulled by manager Dave Roberts after throwing 39 lanes, giving up four hits and twice while hitting two. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Kershaw’s previous shortest career start was 1 1/3 innings, which also came on May 4 (in 2010).
Roberts told reporters after the game that there were no physical problems with Kershaw and that it was “an outlier of an excursion.” Both said there has been no discussion of left-handed pitching on Saturday with short rest.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, it was only the second time in Kershaw’s 361 career start that he has allowed four runs in the first inning. He allowed five runs in the first inning on August 28, 2008 against the Nationals during his rookie season.
“I wanted to keep going and trying to get better,” Kershaw said. “But when you’re so bad, you really can’t stand for yourself too much.”
The three-time winning Cy Young Award winner saw his ERA rise from 2.09 to 2.95 as the Dodgers lost for the seventh time in nine games.
Kershaw gave up a one-double to Kris Bryant and things were revealed to him from there. Anthony Rizzo followed with an RBI single. Javier Baez went and Matt Duffy singled to load the bases before David Bote drove a three-run double from the wall in the left center to make it 4-0.
“Everything was bad,” Kershaw said. “I will not try to analyze it too much.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.