It happened again. The Los Angeles Dodgers went to Clayton Kershaw in a big postseason moment and he failed.
Kershaw, one of the best pitchers of his generation, has experienced plenty of MLB playoffs heartbreak before. Few, if any, moments were as crushing as the one he had on Wednesday night.
The 106-win Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the Washington Nationals, 7-3, in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. The Nats won the game with a grand slam in the top of the 10th inning. Kershaw allowed back-to-back home runs in the top of the eighth inning, tying the game at 3-3.
Kershaw did not hold back with his postgame quotes. He took all of the blame.
“I’m not gonna hang my head. I’m gonna be here and continue to try to fight, continue to try to compete. Everything people say is true right now about the postseason. I understand that. Nothing I can do about it right now. It’s a terrible feeling. It really is,” he told reporters.
A crushing photo of Kershaw in the dugout went viral following the loss.
Arguably the saddest photo of all time pic.twitter.com/F0yJeBZWSd
— Sean Yoo (@SeanYoo) October 10, 2019
Kershaw and the Dodgers will now head into the offseason, again without a World Series.
The Nationals, meanwhile, will open the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.