BREWERS BEAT DODGERS, TAKE 1­0 LEAD IN NLCS

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Jay Co­hen

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

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