Sometimes life throws you curveballs. For Clayton Kershaw, that’s been his claim to fame since making his debut with the Dodgers in 2008.

His curveball has been lethal, and some would even call it the best in the game. Kershaw had been traditionally good against the Padres. He’d won his last four decisions against the Friars and was 8-3 in his career against the them.

However, on Wednesday, neither his curveball could tame the Padres nor anything else. Kershaw was rocked by the Padres as the Dodgers lost their fourth in a row, 7-2, and capped a three-game sweep for San Diego.

Kershaw (25 years, 29 days) became the second youngest Dodger behind Fernando Valenzuela (24 years, 303 days) to reach 1,000 career strikeouts when he got Yonder Alonso swinging for the second out in the top of the second inning.

The Dodgers ace retired eight of the first nine Padres he faced. It appeared to be another Kershaw gem in the making before things went south.

Kershaw entered Wednesday night having allowed just three home runs to the Padres in his career.

He gave up three home runs alone in the series finale on Wednesday night.
It was certainly that kind of night.

Everth Cabrera and Kyle Blanks were a combined 2-for-21 against Kershaw with only Cabrera owning an extra base hit. They both went deep.

Chris Denorfia was the only current Padre to have homered against Kershaw (2-2). He left the yard as well.

The Dodgers ace labored through 5.1 innings, giving up seven hits and five runs — three of them earned.