Brew­ers chase Ker­shaw, hold off Dodgers

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The Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers chased Los An­ge­les Dodgers ace pitcher Clay­ton Ker­shaw early then held on for a 6-5 vic­tory to seize the ad­van­tage in their Ma­jor League Base­ball play­off se­ries.

The Brew­ers scored five runs in three-plus in­nings against three-time Cy Young Award­win­ner Ker­shaw at Miller Park in Mil­wau­kee.

The most sur­pris­ing was a home run by rookie relief pitcher Bran­don Woodruff in the third in­ning that knot­ted the score at 1-1 af­ter Manny Machado’s sec­ond-in­ning homer put the Dodgers ahead.

Woodruff, 25, led off the third af­ter re­plac­ing Brew­ers start­ing pitcher Gio Gon­za­lez on the mound af­ter the sec­ond in­ning.

He belted a 92 mph (148 Km/h) fast­ball from Ker­shaw over the right field fence, notch­ing the fifth hit of his ma­jor league ca­reer.

He also re­tired all six bat­ters he faced, three with strike­outs.

“It’s some­thing ob­vi­ously com­ing in the day you don’t know in your wildest dreams that that’s go­ing to hap­pen, to be able to get an at-bat off Ker­shaw and hit a home run,” Woodruff said.

“But you know, I rounded first, and once I knew it was gone, it was just one of those kind of mo­ments where you’re not re­ally think­ing, you know, and I was just let­ting some emo­tion out. You know, it was a cool mo­ment, and I was happy that I could just go out there and do it for the team.”

Mil­wau­kee gained an­other run in the third on Her­nan Perez’s sac­ri­fice fly. Dodgers catcher Yas­mani Gran­dal en­dured a night­mare in­ning, com­mit­ting a catcher’s in­ter­fer­ence on a li­ne­out by Je­sus Aguilar along with his sec­ond passed ball of the night and an­other er­ror on a throw from the out­field.

Mil­wau­kee pinch-hit­ter Domingo San­tana’s sin­gle scored two runs in the fourth to send Ker­shaw pack­ing with no one out in an­other dis­ap­point­ing out­ing for the star pitcher.

Dodgers man­ager Dave Roberts de­clined to be drawn into dis­cus­sion of Ker­shaw’s post­sea­son lapses and said he suf­fered from the sloppy de­fen­sive play of the Dodgers over­all.

“First of all, we gave up too many bases,” Roberts said. “We didn’t play clean when he was in the game.

“The er­rors af­fected the game. But as far as Clay­ton, I just think it was poor ex­e­cu­tion. And I thought the stuff was good, but he just made mis­takes in the strike zone and de­fen­sively, again, we didn’t do him any favours.”

The Brew­ers won their 12th straight game as they took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries with game two also in Mil­wau­kee on Satur­day.

ASTROS-RED SOX ON DECK

The win­ners of the se­ries will face ei­ther the reign­ing cham­pion Hous­ton Astros or the Bos­ton Red Sox in the World Se­ries. The Astros and Red Sox were to open the Amer­i­can League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries in Bos­ton on Satur­day.

The Dodgers, try­ing to earn a re­turn trip to the World Se­ries af­ter fall­ing in game seven to the Astros last sea­son, trailed 6-1 through seven in­nings but scored three runs in the eighth to trim the deficit to two.

They put the po­ten­tial ty­ing run at third base in the ninth in­ning af­ter Joc Ped­er­son walked and then scored when Chris Tay­lor belted a triple to cen­tre that Brew­ers cen­tre fielder Lorenzo Cain couldn’t keep his glove on at the wall.

But Brew­ers re­liever Corey Knebel struck out Justin Turner to end the game.

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Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers catcher Erik Kratz (left) and relief pitcher Corey Knebel cel­e­brate af­ter de­feat­ing the Los An­ge­les Dodgers in game one of 2018 NLCS play­off se­ries at Miller Park.

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