Sub­par Kershaw is good enough to win Game 1

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Howard Fendrich

WASH­ING­TON >> Clay­ton Kershaw was hardly at his best.

Noth­ing new when it comes to Oc­to­ber.

He al­lowed eight hits and three runs. He needed 101 pitches just to make it through five in­nings. His ca­reer post­sea­son ERA even rose a bit, up to 4.65.

Didn’t mat­ter a bit to the lefty. Only this did: He earned a rare play­off vic­tory.

Backed by early homers from rookie sen­sa­tion Corey Sea­ger and Justin Turner off Max Scherzer in a matchup of Cy Young Award win­ners that promised more than it de­liv­ered, Kershaw helped the Los An­ge­les Dodgers edge the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als 4-3 Fri­day in Game 1 of their NL Di­vi­sion Se­ries.

“It was a grind. A lot of guys on base all the time. Def­i­nitely

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