ClytonKesrshaw began the night as he always do, strong and hard to hit, against the Mets. But that soon collapsed—seemingly slowly, at first, and then very quickly—and suddenly it was the seventh inning and baseball’s best pitcher was giving up his fourth home run of the night and his second to José Reyes.
His face reaction kind of describes it
The Dodgers jumped out to a quick lead and were up 7-0 by the third inning. when Kershaw gave up his first dinger of the evening in the form of a first-pitch solo shot by Reyes. The fourth inning saw another solo home run, this one by Jay Bruce. Next came a two-run shot by Gavin Cecchini, the first home run of the rookie’s career.
In the end, After recording 10 strikeouts through the first out of the seventh inning, Kershaw gave up yet another home run to Reyes. He was mercifully pulled before he could demonstrate his newfound fallibility any further. (Or before more could be done to cut into the Dodgers’ newly slim 8-6 lead.
In the recent past years, Kershaw had given up about three home runs in a game just twice but didn't do it again since 2013. But this season, it became unsettling, as he has done it three times.
Maybe we can it take it as a sign that the recent home run surge is an equal opportunist who’s come for everyone—he hasn’t been allowing harder contact or much more fly balls this season, he’s just been watching more than twice as many of those fly balls turn into home runs.