Reliever’s homer opens floodgates on Dodgers
MILWAUKEE — Brandon Woodruff ’s usual job is to put baseballs over the plate at more than 90 mph, not smash them over a fence.
Yet that is exactly what Woodruff, a rookie relief pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, did Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, one of the best pitchers of this generation. Woodruff hit a solo homer in the third inning of the Brewers’ 6-5 victory in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park. The victory was Milwaukee’s 12th straight dating to the regular season.
In becoming the third relief pitcher in major league history to hit a home run in a postseason game, Woodruff, 25, provided the dramatic
The Brewers’ Brandon Woodruff, left, celebrates after hitting a home run Friday in Game 1 of the NLCS in Milwaukee.