Post­sea­son woes plague Dodgers' Ker­shaw again

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Jay Co­hen

Once again, Clay­ton Ker­shaw couldn't es­cape his prob­lems in the post­sea­son. The Cubs bat­tered the Dodgers three­time Cy Young Award win­ner on their way to a pen­nant­clinch­ing 5-0 win.

CHICAGO >> So much for Clay­ton Ker­shaw’s play­off re­nais­sance. The ace flopped at a big mo­ment — again.

Ker­shaw’s check­ered post­sea­son resume took an­other hit in Game 6 of the NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries, fin­ish­ing off the reel­ing Los An­ge­les Dodgers. The Chicago Cubs beat up the three­time Cy Young Award win­ner and took ad­van­tage of Los An­ge­les’ shaky de­fense on their way to a 5-0 vic­tory Satur­day night, leav­ing the Dodgers still in search of their first World Se­ries trip since win­ning the ti­tle in 1988.

Ker­shaw could have started Game 5 on three days’ rest, but man­ager Dave Roberts de­cided to save him for Satur­day night at Wrigley Field. Roberts was hop­ing a cou­ple more days would help Ker­shaw du­pli­cate his per­for­mance from Game 2, when he pitched seven in­nings of two-hit ball in a 1-0 vic­tory.

The de­ci­sion worked out quite well — for the Cubs. Af­ter win­ning a pair of shutouts in Games 2 and 3, the Dodgers dropped the next two by a com­bined score of 18-6. Even the great Ker­shaw was un­able to slow Chicago’s mo­men­tum, and Dave Roberts’ first sea­son as Dodgers man­ager ended in dis­ap­point­ment.

The left-han­der al­lowed four earned runs and seven hits while drop­ping to 4-7 with a 4.55 ERA in 18 play­off games.

Fowler hit a ground-rule dou­ble on Ker­shaw’s third pitch of the night, and the Cubs were off and run­ning. Kris Bryant fol­lowed with an RBI sin­gle. Then left fielder An­drew Toles dropped An­thony Rizzo’s fly ball to the gap in left-cen­ter, set­ting up Ben Zo­brist’s sac­ri­fice fly.

It was the first time Ker­shaw had given up two runs in the first in­ning all sea­son.

Fowler added a two-out RBI sin­gle in the se­cond, rookie Will­son Con­tr­eras hit a lead­off drive in the fourth and An­thony Rizzo con­nected in the fifth. It was the first time Ker­shaw had al­lowed two homers in a game since April 9 at San Fran­cisco.

DAVID J. PHILLIP — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Los An­ge­les Dodgers start­ing pitcher Clay­ton Ker­shaw (22) watches the ball as Chicago Cubs’ Will­son Con­tr­eras (40) hits a home run dur­ing the fourth in­ning of Game 6 of the Na­tional League base­ball cham­pi­onship se­ries Satur­day in Chicago.

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