Brewers hang on to beat Dodgers in NLCS opener

Los An­ge­les ral­lies late, but Mil­wau­kee pre­vails 6-5

Penticton Herald - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

MIL­WAU­KEE — Re­liever Bran­don Woodruff stunned ace Clay­ton Ker­shaw with a solo home run and the nor­mally shut­down Mil­wau­kee bullpen barely held on as the Brewers beat the sloppy Los An­ge­les Dodgers 6-5 on Fri­day night in Game 1 of the NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries.

Hard-throw­ing Josh Hader and the Brewers earned their 12th straight win — one shy of the fran­chise record set to open the 1987 sea­son.

The Dodgers scored three times in the eighth to make it 6-4, then nearly tied it in the ninth. Chris Tay­lor hit an RBI triple off cen­tre fielder Lorenzo Cain’s glove with two outs be­fore Corey Knebel fanned Justin Turner to end it.

Ker­shaw was chased be­fore he could re­tire in the fourth in­ning.

Manny Machado home­red and drove in three runs for Los An­ge­les. The Dodgers com­mit­ted four er­rors, in­clud­ing two by catcher Yas­mani Gran­dal, who also had two passed balls.

Game 2 is to­day (1 p.m. PT) at Miller Park, with Wade Mi­ley pitch­ing for the Brewers against Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Ker­shaw was hit hard in the short­est start of his spotty play­off ca­reer.

“Got to do a bet­ter job of keep­ing the score close for our guys to have a chance there at the end,” Ker­shaw said af­ter­wards.

“It was a tough one,” he added. “You don’t want to get your team off to that start.”

Ker­shaw holds the Dodgers’ 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. He pitched six sparkling in­nings in the NLCS-clinch­ing vic­tory at Wrigley Field against the Cubs, and worked four score­less in­nings in re­lief in a Game 7 loss to Hous­ton in the World Se­ries.

“He’s been in the play­offs for a re­ally long time,” Gran­dal said. “He knows what he needs to do to win games and that’s all that mat­ters. Game 5 comes around, then he’ll be the guy on the mound and he’ll be the guy who will get us a win.”

The As­so­ci­ated Press

Mil­wau­kee Brewers’ Or­lando Ar­cia watches the flight of the ball af­ter hit­ting a dou­ble as Los An­ge­les Dodgers pitcher Clay­ton Ker­shaw (22) re­acts dur­ing the fourth in­ning of Game 1 of the Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries on Fri­day in Mil­wau­kee.

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