A swing that did something no one had ever done against Clayton Kershaw, who has pitched int he big leagues for 10 years and entered Monday with 1,917 career innings.
Clayton Kershaw gave up the first grand slam of his career on Monday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Taylor broke out of his most recent 0-for-15 slump with a little bit of luck from the outfielder guard rail as he hammered the second pitch of the game off the rail in left-center and the ball ricocheted into left field and away from two Phillies outfielders allowing CT3 to easily run around the bases for a leadoff, stand-up, inside-the-park home run.
Five different players ties the franchise record set in 1979 and 2000, and the current team could break the record if Yasmani Grandal goes deep one more time before season's end as the catcher is now stuck on 19 long balls this season. That grand slam home run was Altherr's 17th for the season and put the Philadelphia Phillies up 4-2.
Kershaw departed after the sixth and allowed four runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. And it sure beats a 106 miles per hour baseball hitting a pitcher in the chest or head. Taylor added to his career high with home run No. 20 on the year.
"That's obviously pretty special to be the first one to do that", said Aaron Altherr, who provided the grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Dodgers lead the season series 3-1 and the over-under is 2-2.
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"We had the lead and I blew it and we lost", Kershaw said matter-of-factly. Philadelphia managed to come back after trailing 2-0 early to win the game 4-3 at their home stadium.
"The thing I like about him is he really thinks he's good, he really believes in himself", Mackanin said of Pivetta.
Freddy Galvis hit a two-run home run and scored two runs in the Phillies' lopsided win over the Marlins on Thursday.
Kershaw spent some time on the disabled list recently and since his return, his numbers haven't been great. The second, of course, was on Monday where he gave up the grand slam and walked two in one inning. And he's at four, so I definitely know he's trending in the right way.
The Dodgers all came on home runs as well - an inside-the-park home run by Chris Taylor to start the game, a solo shot by Justin Turner three pitches later then nothing more until Curtis Granderson went deep with one out in the ninth.
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