LOS ANGELES —- Logan Forsythe came up with the bases-loaded in the tenth and delivered a walk-off single to give the Dodgers a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves. The win gave the Dodgers a series split and a two-game winning streak.
Brandon Morrow would get the win and Forsythe would get a power drink shower. Normally those types of wins would lead to happy clubhouse.
Forsythe was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored to go along with his game-winning single. He also made several plays in the field
However, the mood was not light afterwards due to Clayton Kershaw having to leave after two innings due to right lower back tightness.
Kershaw will be examined tonight or tomorrow but whatever follows, manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw will be put on the 10-day disabled list.
“It is a DL situation so we do know that and with the history and where we are in the standings, I think the main thing is just gathering more information,” Roberts said, “Clayton is very smart, very open with us so how he feels layered on with what the reports says is how we will make a decision.”
Roberts said something happened when Kershaw warmed up before the second inning.
“It was on his last warmup pitch in the second inning and so I didn’t catch that warmup pitch,” Roberts said, “so as we got into that second inning, the slider, the curveball, just did not look right, so we went out there.”
“Said he didn’t know if it was a hip alignment thing, it was a muscular-type thing, so as he took a couple of warmup throws, it loosened up, had two outs, he wanted to finish the inning.”
“Just after that inning, we wanted to make sure we didn’t do anything, as a precaution, so we’re going to get some tests done and we’ll know more tomorrow.”
Roberts said he won’t speculate and that the team will be gathering information before next steps.
“What he means to our ball club, how’s he been throwing, obviously his history, so yeah there’s some pause. Again, we got to do the scans, let the medical guys do their thing, gather information.”
Kershaw said that some of the symptons from his 2016 injury were not present but he did not compare the two.
“Some of the symptons aren’t as bad as that could be, so hopefully find out more tonight.”
Kershaw is clearly frustrated as he said this had not been an issue this year.
“A lot, lot of frustration. I’ve done countless, countless hours of back rehab,” Kershaw said. “Everything just trying to stay healthy. I felt really, really good up to this point, so definitely some frustration there sure.”
As for the game, it clearly took some time for the Dodgers and their fans to forget the image of Kershaw going out after two innings.
Ross Stripling came into the game in third inning and with two out, he walked Ender Inciarte who would steal second base. Brandon Phillips sliced a double down the right-field line to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.
Sean Newcomb had not pitched well in July but outside of one pitch, he did very well against the Dodgers.
Trailing 1-0, in the fourth inning, with two on and no out, Austin Barnes hit an 0-2 pitch into the Field Level seats down the left-field line for a three-run homer.
Stripling would pitch three innings, allow a run, two hits, two walks and strike out two. Luis Avilan followed with 1⅔ innings of scoreless relief. Josh Fields would come in to get the one batter he faced.
Cody Bellinger rocked a ball into right-field pavilion for his 27th home run and a 4-1 lead.
Despite all that had happened, it appeared that the Dodgers would get their win behind another save from Kenley Jansen but with two outs and two on, Matt Adams tied the game with a three-run homer.
Afterwards, Jansen made no excuses.
“It was a good at-bat, you can’t second guess yourself, maybe one pitch a little higher.
“We fight as a team, they picked me up after I gave up today, that shows how good this team is in, that we are all in this thing together.”
Jansen spoke for his teammates and coaching staff when he said it sucks losing Kershaw.
“Every time a guy like that goes down, it makes you sick to your stomach, just being in the weight room and watching him go down like that, man, hopefully he’ll be all right.”
Roberts also said after the game that Kenta Maeda would start on Tuesday and that Brandon McCarthy would also go on the 10-day disabled list, there is no timetable for McCarthy’s return.
The Minnesota Twins arrive to start a three-game inter-league series on Monday. Hyun-jin Ryu will go against Bartolo Colon, start time is 7:10 p.m.
Home runs: Austin Barnes (6), Cody Bellinger (27), Matt Adams (16)
WP - Brandon Morrow (3-0): 1 IP, 1 strikeout
LP - Jim Johnson (6-2): ⅓ IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 intentional walk