Brew­ers beat Dodgers in Game 1

The Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers bested the Los An­ge­les Dodgers 6-5 in Game 1 of the NL Cham­pi­onship Series on Fri­day night.

The Oklahoman - - SPORTS -

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 6-5 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 two-run 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 8-8 with a 4.26 ERA in 26 ca­reer post­sea­son ap­pear­ances.

The Dodgers dropped to 13-13 when the three­time NL Cy Young Award win­ner takes the mound in the play­offs.

The 30-year-old Ker­shaw qui­eted some of those Oc­to­ber ques­tions when the Dodgers won the NL pen­nant last year for the first time since 1988, go­ing 3-0 with a 3.82 ERA in six ap­pear­ances.

He pitched six sparkling in­nings in the NLCS-clinch­ing 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 Los An­ge­les’ Game 1 start in the NL Divi­sion Series this year, the 2014 NL MVP re­sponded with eight in­nings of two-hit ball in a 3-0 vic­tory over At­lanta.

The vic­tory against the Baby Braves was one of his best play­off per­for­mances. The loss against the Brew­ers was one of his worst.

The night started to get away from Ker­shaw and the Dodgers when Bran­don Woodruff led off the third in­ning with a mas­sive drive to right­cen­ter, be­com­ing the third re­liever in ma­jor league his­tory to homer in a post­sea­son game.

Ker­shaw glanced back with an in­cred­u­lous look as Woodruff’s ball soared over the wall, ty­ing it at 1 and send­ing a charge through the sell­out crowd of 43,615.

A passed ball and an in­ter­fer­ence call on Gran­dal helped set up Her­nan Perez’s sac­ri­fice fly be­fore Ker­shaw min­i­mized the dam­age by strik­ing out Mike Mous­takas, strand­ing two run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion and lead­ing to his emo­tional dis­play as he headed to­ward the dugout.

What­ever he was try­ing to do, it didn’t work.

Los An­ge­les went down in or­der in the fourth and Mil­wau­kee’s first three bat­ters reached in the bot­tom half, chas­ing Ker­shaw and pro­duc­ing two more runs on Domingo San­tana’s pinch-hit sin­gle.

San­tana swiped sec­ond and scored on Ryan Braun’s two-out sin­gle against Ryan Mad­son.

Braun’s clutch swing closed the book on Ker­shaw, who was charged with five runs, four earned, and six hits.

He dropped to 2-5 with a 5.24 ERA in 11 ca­reer NLCS games.

Ker­shaw’s short­est play­off start be­fore the loss to Mil­wau­kee was four-plus in­nings in a 9-0 loss at St. Louis in Game 6 of the 2013 NLCS, end­ing Los An­ge­les’ sea­son.

[AP PHOTO]

Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers’ Lorenzo Cain steals sec­ond base as Los An­ge­les Dodgers short­stop Manny Machado cov­ers the bag dur­ing the first in­ning in Game 1 of the NL Cham­pi­onship Series in Mil­wau­kee on Fri­day night.

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