Subpar Kershaw is good enough to win Game 1
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