Ace may be out, but don't tell Dodgers that

Ace may be out, but don't tell Dodgers that

MILWAUKEE -- Clayton Kershaw goes down and the Dodgers' season is over at the midway point, right? Sell at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, wait till next year, yadda, yadda. Right?

Well, no, that wasn't the vibe in the Dodgers' clubhouse after Thursday's 8-1 win over the Brewers. 

• Kershaw heads to DL with mild herniated disc

"I guess I understand it from the fans' point of view when they see it like that, lose a guy like that, it's shellshocking from that side of it," said National League Rookie of the Year and All-Star candidate Corey Seager.

Seager's two-run homer

"But there's none, there can't be any worry in the clubhouse. It's one of those things, we'll spread the wealth. It's a team thing, and you have to grind it out. You never want to lose your ace, especially when it's a guy like him. Just hope he comes back fast. You know he'll work hard, he's going to be OK and we'll need him at the end."

Seager, Trayce Thompson and Yasmani Grandal homered, while Kenta Maeda pitched six solid innings again as the Dodgers picked up the pieces in the wake of the Kershaw news by winning the rubber match of the three-game series.

Grandal's solo home run

The Dodgers aren't saying how long Kershaw will be out with a lower back disc herniation, but it's likely to be significantly longer than the minimum 15-day disabled list. That leaves the Dodgers' starting rotation with two rookies (Julio Urias and Brock Stewart), a free-agent signing (Scott Kazmir), Maeda and now Bud Norris, who was released last year by Baltimore and dropped out of Atlanta's rotation in April only to come on strong in June.

• Dodgers acquire righty Norris from Braves

Justice on Norris to the Dodgers

"Obviously, that's a big blow, to lose Clayton for any length of time," said manager Dave Roberts. "Our guys made a point we're going to move forward and keep winning baseball games, and we did that today and that's our goal tomorrow. To get Bud on the roster is a good thing and another step forward."

• Bauman: Dodgers won't fret over Kershaw's absence

The Dodgers' offense pushed around Milwaukee starter Zach Davies. Seager slugged his 17th homer, Thompson his 12th and Grandal his seventh. Justin Turner had three hits, and six Dodgers players drove in runs.

Turner's RBI single

Maeda, meanwhile, delivered a typical performance, scattering three hits after minimizing a bases-loaded jam in the first inning.

"It seems like [Maeda] always comes through," said Grandal. "You think back to the Mets game when he gets hit in the hand, and all of a sudden, he gives you six innings. Against Milwaukee at home, he's got 70 or 80 pitches after three innings, and he still gives you six innings. I feel like he does a good job when it comes down to that. I thought he did a good job holding them down to one run, especially with the bases loaded in the first inning."

Casey Fien picked up two scoreless innings before J.P. Howell pitched the ninth. Fien has a 2.08 ERA with the Dodgers after being claimed off waivers from Minnesota.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.