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Clayton Kershaw shows his mortality in Dodgers' 3-0 loss to Rockies

April 5, 2011 |  8:08 pm

Clayton6 And on Tuesday, bullets did not bounce off his chest.

Neither could Clayton Kershaw leap tall mountains in a single bound, nor contain the Colorado Rockies. Not enough, anyway.

His anointment as the greatest left-hander since you-know-who will have to wait another day. Probably lots of other days.

Which is not to say Kershaw pitched horribly Tuesday in the Dodgers’ 3-0 loss to the Rockies in Denver.

He actually pitched very well. Just not as well, it turned out as Colorado’s Jhoulys Chacin.

Kershaw went six innings, striking out eight, walking one and allowing six hits. Trouble was, two of those hits went for solo home runs. One a rocket by Troy Tulowitzki in the fourth and another a pitch he’d probably like to have back to Chris Iannetta.

Of course, in the season opener Kershaw threw seven scoreless innings and struck out nine. On a team badly in need of an ace, very exciting. But this still has to happen, has to take its natural course, and no one should be in too big of a hurry.

Chacin shut the Dodgers out for seven innings, holding them to five hits. The Dodgers fared no better against Rafael Betancourt or Houston Street. They did not collect a hit in the last four innings.

It was the second time the Dodgers have been shut out in five games.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Clayton Kershaw. Credit: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images