Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was forced to explain why Yu Darvish and not Clayton Kershaw started Game 7 for his team.

Hindsight was not kind to Roberts on Wednesday night, as Darvish was rocked for five runs in 1.2 innings, while Kershaw delivered four scoreless innings in relief of him. Naturally, many began asking why, if Roberts had no aversion to using Kershaw for as many pitches as he did, his ace lefty hadn’t simply started the game.

Roberts explained after the defeat that he didn’t want to give Kershaw the ball on two days’ rest.