Altherr's slam helps Phillies beat Dodgers, Kershaw

Sep 20, 2017, 00:51
Altherr's slam helps Phillies beat Dodgers, Kershaw

Aaron Altherr hit a grand slam, the first ever given up by Clayton Kershaw, to lead the Philadelphia Phillies past the Los Angeles Dodgers and their ace, 4-3 on Monday night. He had faced 103 batters in his career with the bases loaded and never allowed a grand slam.

Taylor broke out of his most recent 0-for-15 slump with a little bit of luck from the outfielder guard rail as he hammered the second pitch of the game off the rail in left-center and the ball ricocheted into left field and away from two Phillies outfielders allowing CT3 to easily run around the bases for a leadoff, stand-up, inside-the-park home run.

Kershaw, a three-time National League Cy Young award victor, entered with the best ERA in the majors - 2.12 - and he'd allowed just one run in 31 innings in his previous four starts against the Phillies.

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Kershaw departed after the sixth and allowed four runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. I was just looking in a certain zone. That was followed by a home run from third baseman Justin Turner to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead five pitches into the game. 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.

Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Altherr hits a grand slam off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in Philadelphia. Hoskins had some big at-bats, and that was a big at-bat to walk right there.

Galvis finished 2-for-3 off Kershaw and is batting.600 (6-for-10) lifetime against the left-hander.

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"I thought he pitched really well tonight", continued Roberts.

Since returning from the disabled list, Kershaw has started four games and has shown a couple of signs of being human. I feel like we can play with anybody and get a win.

The Dodgers entered Monday with a magic number of four to clinch the National League West. "You can see him feeling for things". And he's at four, so I definitely know he's trending in the right way.

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The Phillies bullpen gave up just one more - a solo home run by Curtis Granderson with one out in the ninth that made it a one-run game before Hector Neris closed it out.

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