Clayton Kershaw allowed three runs on two errors and a wild pitch on Saturday. (Associated Press photo)
MIAMI — The outfield at Marlins Park was an unforgiving place Saturday, and defense cost the Dodgers in a 3-2 loss. Clayton Kershaw didn’t get too hung up on an unfortunate factoid, that he’d never lost three straight games before in his career.
The box score is here.
The Giants’ win over the Rockies means the Dodgers are 1 game up in the National League West. The Dodgers have been in sole possession of first place 64 of the last 65 days.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who last year won the National League MVP and Cy Young Awards, has been nominated for an award he will not fully enjoy if he wins.
Kershaw is up against Madison Bumgarner, Corey Kluber, Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout in the 2015 ESPY Award for Best Baseball Player. ESPN announced its nominees for the annual awards Wednesday morning; the complete list is here. Voting closes when the live show starts July 15.
CHICAGO >> Two vaguely familiar uniforms are hanging in the postage stamp of a visitors’ clubhouse at Wrigley Field. One (#63) belonged to Joel Peralta. The other (58) belonged to Ian Thomas.
The Dodgers optioned relief pitchers Daniel Coulombe and Matt West to Triple-A Oklahoma City and activated Peralta from the disabled list. Peralta spoke at length Monday about the physical and emotional journey he endured while recovering from a pinched nerve that was affecting his right triceps. Peralta has missed the 53 games and said there was no guarantee he would return at all. More from him in a future blog entry.
The more intriguing case is that of Thomas, who was officially recalled about 20 minutes before the anticipated 7:05 p.m. (CT) start time. A team spokesperson said that Thomas was delayed en route to Chicago from Oklahoma City, where the Dodgers’ top farm team is in the middle of a seven-game homestand.