The Dodgers held off the Dbacks 9-5 in game 1 of the five game NLDS. Their opening game victory on Friday evening got the Dodgers off to a great start. Over 70% of teams that win the opening game go on to advance to the NLCS. That bodes well for the Dodgers. It wasn’t easy because the Dbacks are certainly a very good club. Clayton Kershaw looked good for the first five innings but allowed four solo home runs over 6.1 frames. Two of those came in the seventh inning which still seems to be the devil’s inning for Kersh.
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I wanted to talk to you today about Justin Turner. The red bearded third baseman put the club on his back with a thrilling performance. Our dreamy third sacker smacked a first inning three-run home run to get the party started and ended up driving in five of the nine runs on the night. His five RBI tied a franchise record for a postseason game. Overall Turner is hitting .444 in the NLDS, which is one of the best in baseball in the division series round. Turner went 3 for 4 with the long ball, and two run scoring singles. He also walked for good measure. Check out Turner’s highlights from game 1 below.
Obviously Turner is the catalyst for the Dodger offense this season. Expect for the Snakes to pitch around him in game 2. As James said in the postgame, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Turner didn’t get another good pitch to hit for the rest of the series. Good thing the Dodgers also have some other pretty good hitters in their lineup. Hat tip to Yasiel Puig for some great at-bats and tongue work.