Clayton Kershaw doesn’t have a regular season start in his career on July 14, but he did pitch in a major league game on this date. It was an All-Star Game five years ago.
The 2015 All-Star Game was in Cincinnati, and one day after hometown hero Todd Frazier nipped rookie Joc Pederson in the Home Run Derby, Kershaw’s teammate Zack Greinke started on the mound for the National League, thanks to his minuscule 1.39 ERA at the break.
After Greinke’s two innings, Gerrit Cole and Madison Bumgarner took the mound before Bruce Bochy turned to Kershaw in the fifth, in a 1-1 tie.
Two players the Brewers traded to the Royals in 2010 for Grienke got hits off Kershaw in this inning. Alcides Escobar singled to open the inning, then two outs later Lorenzo Cain doubled down the left field line for a run.
In between was a walk and an RBI single by Prince Fielder, hanging two runs on Kershaw.
Kershaw’s first four All-Star outings were scoreless, and these runs were enough to pin the loss on Kershaw, the sixth Dodgers pitcher to lose an All-Star Game, joining Van Lingle Mungo (1934), Don Newcombe (1949), Don Drysdale (1959), Chan Ho Park (2001), and Eric Gagne (2003).
The outing: (L, 0-1): 1 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
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