Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw lambasted Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell for intentionally walking James Outman with the Dodgers leading 6-0 with two outs in the top of the 9th inning Thursday just before the catcher Austin Barnes is hit in the right hand by an Ian. Gibaut pitched, and Kershaw added that he disagreed with a lot of what Bell did during the Reds’ three-game winning streak.
Barnes left the game after HBP, but later said an X-ray of his hand came back negative.
“Pretty ridiculous that they walked the guy in front (Barnes) in that situation,” Kershaw said after the game, according to Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t agree with that, or a lot their manager made this streak.”
Harris tweeted that Barnes, who served as Kershaw’s personal catcher, said he didn’t mind the intentional walk.
Gordon Wittenmyer of the Enquirer wrote that Kershaw demonstrated on Thursday “why he has spent so much of his career being called the greatest pitcher on the planet”.
The Reds and Dodgers meet in Los Angeles for three games July 28-30.
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