The Dodgers came off a shutout yesterday with Ryu pitching masterful. The offense struck with the long ball. Today Clayton Kershaw took on Anibal Sanchez, as the Dodgers seeked to go up 2-0 in the NLDS. So Kershaw who took a gut punch by not being named the Game 1 starter came out with the eye of the tiger. The Dodgers have the look of a team on a mission.
#Dodgers Clayton Kershaw is at 73 pitches thru 7 scoreless IP. He has never pitched into the 8th inning of a postseason start. Until now.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 6, 2018
Ronald Acuna Jr started the game with a double. Right off the bat Kershaw was in trouble. But Kershaw was able to get out of the jam. Joc Pederson started the Dodger’s first inning with a double. Later in the inning on a 3-0 count, Manny Machado hit a two run shot and the Dodgers led 2-0.
Manny’s World 😳
— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) October 6, 2018
Clayton Kershaw pretty much took over after the shaky first inning. He had command of his three pitches. He was working the corners and getting hitters to chase the breaking ball. He might not have the velocity he used to have but he uses his Guile. Kershaw has also made adjustments by not pitching a first pitch strike all the time. Kershaw is a once in a lifetime pitcher. He has been one of the great regular season pitchers of this generation. It is time to build up the post-season resume.
In the bottom of the 5th, Yasmani Grandal hit a rocket shot and the Dodgers took a 3-0 lead. The Braves never had a shot in this game as Kershaw kept his pitch count down and was on his A game.
Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw became the first pair of Dodgers pitchers to throw 7+ shutout IP in consecutive postseason games since 1981.
Incredibly, Fernando Valenzuela was not one of those pitchers. Jerry Reuss and Burt Hooton were.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) October 6, 2018
Kershaw pitched 8 shutout innings and was a little ticked and came through. Kenley Jansen came in and pitched a scoreless ninth and the Dodgers will head to Atlanta on sunday night with Walker Buehler.
— Kenley Jansen (@kenleyjansen74) October 6, 2018