Relief pitcher and unlikely hero Brandon Woodruff got the win and homered while Clayton Kershaw seemed awfully pedestrian. The Dodgers committed four errors — not to mention a costly play by Manny Machado — and Craig Counsell burned through his bullpen to hold off a late Los Angeles rally as Milwaukee took Game 1 of the NLCS, 6-5. Welcome to league championship baseball.
The @Brewers got an offensive spark from a relief pitcher.
— MLB (@MLB) October 13, 2018
Kershaw can be as dominant as any pitcher in baseball, but he has been inconsistent throughout his career in the playoffs. And though he was far from the only Dodger to disappoint last night — Justin Turner was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and Yasmani Grandal had two errors and two passed balls — Kershaw started a very winnable road matchup against Gio Gonzalez and bombed. He was chased before he could retire a single batter in the fourth inning.
“It was a tough one,” said the Dodgers ace, who needed 74 pitches to get through three-plus innings. “Obviously, you don’t want to get your team off to …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider