Brew­ers hold off Manny, Dodgers

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - — Staff and wire

Any Yan­kees fans who were pay­ing at­ten­tion to Game 1 of the NLCS got a nice glimpse of clutch post­sea­son hit­ting from Manny Machado.

It's some­thing the Bombers were sorely miss­ing in their ALDS series de­feat to the Red Sox, and with Didi Gre­go­rius now down due to Tommy John surgery, don't be sur­prised if the Yan­kees do go af­ter Machado in free agency.

But the Dodgers short­stop's two hits and three RBI were ul­ti­mately not enough for Los An­ge­les in a 6-5 loss to the Brew­ers in the opener of this series Fri­day night.

Clay­ton Ker­shaw was hit hard in the short­est start of his spotty play­off ca­reer, and the sloppy Los An­ge­les Dodgers com­mit­ted four er­rors, in­clud­ing two by catcher Yas­mani Gran­dal in Mil­wau­kee's two-run third. But an­other play­off flop for its ace left-han­der 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 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 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 pitcher Bran­don Woodruff led off the third in­ning with a mas­sive drive to right-cen­ter, 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.

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Brew­ers cel­e­brate Fri­day’s win and their1-0 lead in ALCS.

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