Ker­shaw threat in pen

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nfl -

MIL­WAU­KEE — Clay­ton Ker­shaw was avail­able in re­lief for the Dodgers in Game 7 of the NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries on Satur­day night against the Brew­ers.

The win­ner plays the Red Sox in the World Se­ries, which opens Tues­day night in Bos­ton.

Ker­shaw would be pitch­ing on two days’ rest. The three-time Cy Young Award win­ner was com­ing off a mas­ter­ful out­ing in Game 5 on Wed­nes­day, when he al­lowed one run on three hits while strik­ing out nine over seven in­nings in a 5-2 vic­tory at Dodger Sta­dium.

Man­ager Dave Roberts said the ace left-han­der would head to the bullpen at the start of the game in­stead of wait­ing un­til the later in­nings.

“It’s hard to see a sce­nario that he’s not a part of this game,” Roberts said. “I don’t re­ally have a num­ber of pitches or in­nings. But I do see him be­ing a part of this equa­tion.”

Ker­shaw has been dom­i­nant in re­lief dur­ing re­cent post­sea­son elim­i­na­tion games. He got the fi­nal two outs of a 4-3 vic­tory over the Na­tion­als in Game 5 of the 2016 NL Di­vi­sion Se­ries and pitched four score­less in­nings in Game 7 of last year’s World Se­ries, a 5-1 loss to the Astros.

Rookie right-han­der Walker Buehler was start­ing for the Dodgers. He took the loss in Game 3 of the NLCS af­ter al­low­ing four runs on six hits in seven in­nings.

Roberts topped his lineup with two left-handed slug­gers against righty Clay­ton Ker­shaw, who was avail­able out of the bullpen for Game 7, warms up dur­ing bat­ting prac­tice Satur­day.

SCHED­ULE/RE­SULTS

G1: Brew­ers 6, Dodgers 5

G2: Dodgers 4, Brew­ers 3

G3: Brew­ers 4, Dodgers 0

G4: Dodgers 2, Brew­ers 1 (13)

G5: Dodgers 5, Brew­ers 2

G6: Brew­ers 7, Dodgers 2

G7: Dodgers at Brew­ers, late

Jhoulys Chacin. Joc Ped­er­son, who hit 25 home runs in the reg­u­lar sea­son, led off. He was fol­lowed by Max Muncy, who hit 35 home runs.

Justin Turner, Manny Machado and Cody Bellinger were next. Bellinger was the third left-handed hit­ter in the lineup.

Yasiel Puig, Chris Tay­lor, Austin Barnes and Buehler rounded out the or­der.

The ver­sa­tile Tay­lor, start­ing at sec­ond base, was hit­ting a team-high .350 in the NLCS. Barnes made his fourth straight start at catcher.

The Brew­ers stuck with the same lineup from Game

6, when they had 11 hits to break out of a slump for a

7-2 vic­tory that tied the se­ries at three games apiece as they re­bounded from con­sec­u­tive losses at Dodger Sta­dium.

Lorenzo Cain, MVP can­di­date Chris­tian Yelich and Ryan Braun topped the lineup, fol­lowed by Travis Shaw, Je­sus Aguilar and Mike Mous­takas.

Erik Kratz, Or­lando Ar­cia and Chacin were at the bot­tom of the or­der. Ar­cia, a smooth-field­ing short­stop, was hit­ting .318 in the se­ries with two home runs and three RBIs.

The Brew­ers also had well-rested re­lief ace Josh Hader loom­ing in the bullpen af­ter a sur­prise day off. The rocket-armed re­liever hasn’t pitched since Tues­day in Game 4.

“Best-case sce­nario for sure for us,” man­ager Craig Coun­sell said.

Game 7 was the Brew­ers’ first since los­ing to the Car­di­nals in 1982 — their only World Se­ries.

MATT SLOCUM/AP

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