Re­liever’s homer opens flood­gates on Dodgers

Santa Fe New Mexican - - SPORTS - By James Wagner

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

JEFF ROBERSON ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Brew­ers’ Bran­don Woodruff, left, cel­e­brates af­ter hit­ting a home run Fri­day in Game 1 of the NLCS in Mil­wau­kee.

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