“I just think there were some questions throughout the game where the strike zone was,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Clayton has such good command and he felt he was getting squeezed. You smell the finish line and the intensity gets ramped up.”That led to Kershaw executing a pirouette, spinning in the air when a call did not go his way during a walk of Wil Myers. That was the last of four walks issued by Kershaw, his walk high in a regular-season start since May 10, 2015 at Colorado and one more than he had walked in 41 1/3 innings over his first six starts this season.“I wanted to get through eight (innings) and didn’t get the job done,” Kershaw said, refusing to criticize plate umpire Toby Basner’s strike zone. “It doesn’t matter. It was a ball. It probably was a ball. Too much emotion.”Still, Kershaw left the game with a 5-1 lead in what should have been a fairly low-stress evening for the Dodgers. But Pedro Baez relieved Kershaw and issued a walk of his own, loading the bases with two outs.Weighing Jansen’s low workload so far this season and a weather forecast that he said makes it “unlikely” Sunday’s game will get played, Roberts went to Jansen at that point, asking him to get his fourth four-out save of the season. Jansen got the first out, striking out Hunter Renfroe. SAN DIEGO >>A 10-2 victory in early May shouldn’t take this much effort.“I know, right?” Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said with a chuckle. “Yeah, definitely.”But the Dodgers extended Clayton Kershaw to 118 pitches (the most he has thrown since a complete-game victory over the San Francisco Giants in Sept. 2015) and Jansen to 33 – and neither threw the last pitch in Saturday night’s victory over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.Kershaw held the Padres to just four hits over seven innings and took a shutout into the eighth inning. He lost his shutout when Ryan Schimpf led off the eighth inning with the Padres’ fifth hit – a pinch-hit home run – and he left the game three batters later hopping mad. Literally. In the top of the ninth, though, the Dodgers piled on, scoring five times against Padres hapless Rule 5 pick Miguel Diaz. Cody Bellinger had the only hit in the inning – a two-out grand slam. It was his fifth home run and 14th RBIs in 11 games since he was promoted from Triple-A.“It’s amazing,” Kershaw said of Bellinger’s big-league splash. “Hitting home runs, laying down bunts for hits when they shift against him, playing defense – he’s just an all-around great baseball player. It’s pretty special.”It was also slightly inconvenient. Bellinger’s two-out slam left Roberts in the position of sending his closer back out to the mound with a nine-run lead. It had happened too quickly to get another reliever ready and Roberts wanted to give Jansen a chance to collect the save (which was still in order).“He pitched out of a big spot (in the eighth),” Roberts said. “Where we were at, I can’t predict the grand slam there. He had only thrown eight pitches … and I can’t predict a 22-pitch inning.”You kind of could. Jansen (like most closers) loses something when the margin for error gets too large. He gave up two hits, threw a wild pitch and gave up an unearned run before Roberts came to get him.“Me as a closer, you still want to finish,” Jansen said of going back out for the ninth. “You want to get three quick outs but it was a challenging situation. … Your energy level is a little down. That’s just what happens.”Chris Hatcher threw one pitch to get the final out. The Dodgers have now beaten the Padres in five of six meetings this season by a total score of 45-14. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
With wrestlers deemed “essential workers” in the state of Florida in May, they were given the go-ahead to continue their shows. Both companies have handled the virus in drastically different ways, though, and with Florida’s outlook worsening, there’s no clear way out.WWE has come under intense scrutiny for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with its personnel reportedly not being tested for COVID-19 and only being checked for temperatures. AEW has taken steps to protect its stars further, including multiple temperature checks daily and has begun testing its stars for the illness regularly. But the neophyte promotion has come under fire for its stars at ringside not social distancing and also not wearing masks during shows.Really, in an industry that’s reliant on literally touching one another, it’s somewhat surprising this hasn’t happened sooner. AEW’s already had to change its plans with Fyter Fest, which would typically be a PPV event but was switched to a two-night event over two weeks being headlined by Moxley defending the AEW Championship against Brian Cage. While no official word has come down yet, don’t expect that match to get underway unless Moxley is cleared of the virus.It wasn’t just Moxley, with AEW’s QT Marshall also asked to stay home due to fears of having contracted the coronavirus.It all points to a bigger problem with wrestling. With both AEW and WWE taping their programs in Florida, where COVID-19 cases are spiking dramatically, it was only a matter of time until the pandemic touched wrestling stars in some way. COVID-19 has reportedly made its way through the WWE ranks with broadcaster extraordinaire Renee Young testing positive for the virus.And there’s a twist that affects more than just WWE here: It was revealed that AEW champ Jon Moxley (real name Jonathan Good) missed Wednesday night’s “Dynamite” after coming in contact with someone who had tested positive with coronavirus. That someone turned out to be his wife, Young.