BREWERS BEAT DODGERS, TAKE 10 LEAD IN NLCS
MILWAUKEE» Clayton Kershaw pounded his glove with his left hand and yelled “Let’s Go!” as he walked off the mound. Pretty soon, he was gone. Kershaw was hit hard in the shortest start of his spotty playoff career, and the sloppy Los Angeles Dodgers lost 65 to the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series on Friday night.
Los Angeles committed four errors, including two by catcher Yasmani Grandal in Milwaukee’s tworun third. But another playoff flop for its ace lefthander might be its biggest concern as it tries to cool off streaking Milwaukee.
Game 2 is Saturday afternoon at Miller Park.
Kershaw holds the team records for playoff wins (eight), starts (21), innings (133) and strikeouts (144), but is just 88 with a 4.26 ERA in 26 career postseason appearances. The Dodgers dropped to 1313 when the threetime NL Cy Young Award winner takes the mound in the playoffs.
The 30yearold Kershaw quieted some of those October questions when the Dodgers won the NL pennant last year for the first time since 1988, going 30 with a 3.82 ERA in six appearances. He pitched six sparkling innings in the NLCSclinching victory at Wrigley Field against the Cubs, and worked four scoreless innings in relief in Los Angeles’ Game 7 loss to Houston in the World Series.
After he was passed over for