Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw and his postseason woes

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Clayton Kershaw was given a two-run lead to begin Monday's game against the Phillies.

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.

Three innings later, Hector Neris recovered from a solo home run and buried his Dodger Stadium demons from April and the Phillies held on to a 4-3 victory, arguably the young team's most important of the season.

It's surely no coincidence that the second half has included Williams for the duration, Hoskins for the last six weeks, and contributions from Crawford (a defensive gem Monday at third base) and Alfaro (a two-run home run Saturday, following a Crawford walk, too).

Kershaw is as competitive as it gets, and he didn't make much effort to hide his displeasure during a postgame group interview session that lasted all of three minutes. Taylor added to his career high with home run No. 20 on the year. Off the top of his head, he remembered it well, even down to the pitcher he hit it off of (the Cubs' Matt Clement) and the fielder involved.

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw gives up first grand slam of career in loss to Phillies

All four runs came off the bat of Aaron Altherr, who hit a grand slam.

"We had the lead and I blew it and we lost", Kershaw said matter-of-factly.

"You can see him feeling for things", Roberts said. He's at four. I definitely know he's trending in the right direction. The second, of course, was on Monday where he gave up the grand slam and walked two in one inning. (Coincidentally, that 30-game stretch also includes allowing four inside-the-park home runs in the last 29 games). Running hard all the way - "I thought it was going to be a deep flyout, I thought I got under it too much", he said - Taylor stepped on second as the ball first bounced on the outfield grass after the insane carom. Kershaw also walked two batters in that 6th inning. "It was a nice little boost because I haven't been doing the best lately".

Chris Taylor and Justin Turner hit back-to-back home runs to start the game and there was every reason to expect the Dodgers to score more against Phillies starter Nick Pivetta.

"I thought about that right at the start of the inning", Mackanin admitted.

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