Since 1916, there have only been three players with three consecutive games against the Dodgers with at least one home run and three runs batted in. Cy Williams turned the trick on 1926-27 with the Phillies, and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks did the same in 1959. Joining them on Wednesday was Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks.
"Goldschmidt was a one-man wrecking crew," said manager Don Mattingly after the game.
"I had okay fastball command today, which was good. It wasn't a great day, but you can't let Goldschmidt beat you. He's their guy over there right now," Kershaw said. "You've got to tip your cap, he's swinging the bat really well. It's my fault. You can't do that."
Before his fifth inning home run against Kershaw, a two-run shot that erased the Dodgers' 2-0 lead, Goldschmidt in his career was 1-for-16 with seven strikeouts.
"I've had some success against him, but he's their three-hole hitter and he's swinging the bat really well," Kershaw said. "Today's a new day, and there are no numbers. He won today."
On the season Goldschmidt has driven in 11 runs in six games against the Dodgers and is hitting .458 (11-for-24) against them. Mattingly was asked if he gave any thought to intentionally walking Goldschmidt with two outs in the eighth inning of a tie game, facing Jansen.
"With nobody on? No, he hasn't gotten to Barry Bonds status yet," Mattingly said.
With Thursday's off day, we get roughly 21 hours to stew in the juices of a seven-game losing streak. But when the puddles of tears are dried up, on Friday night the Dodgers welcome to town the Marlins, one of only two National League teams with a worse record than Los Angeles. Matt Magill looks to last longer than four outs in the series opener on Friday, facing off against rookie sensation Jose Fernandez for Miami.