Ker­shaw roughed up

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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 post-sea­son ap­pear­ances. The Dodgers dropped to 13-13 when the three-time 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.

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 right­cen­tre, be­com­ing the third re­liever in ma­jor league his­tory to homer in a post-sea­son 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.

Los An­ge­les went down in or­der in the fourth and Mil­wau­kee’s first three bat­ters reached in the bot­tom half, chas­ing Ker­shaw, who was charged with five runs, four earned, and six hits.

AP PHOTO/JEFF ROBER­SON

Los An­ge­les Dodgers start­ing pitcher Clay­ton Ker­shaw yells as he walks off af­ter the third in­ning against the Mil­wau­kee Brewers Fri­day in Mil­wau­kee.

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