Kershaw gem puts Dodgers one win away from World Series

Annette Crawford
October 18, 2018

LOS ANGELES - Everyone around Chris Taylor was seemingly being ushered to one media obligation or another after the Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the National League Championship Series and put themselves one win away from the World Series. Woodruff then faced more traffic in the sixth inning as Justin Turner led off with a single and Machado was grazed with a pitch.

More than five hours after it started, Cody Bellinger delivered a game-winning single to right field, and he still had enough energy to take the Los Angeles Dodgers' celebration all the way to left field.

Milwaukee's Jhoulys Chacin pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings, and the Brewers' bullpen snuffed out a last-ditch, ninth-inning Los Angeles rally to secure the result. Craig Counsell allowed starter Wade Miley to pitch to one batter (a walk to Cody Bellinger) before he removed him for Brandon Woodruff with no outs in the first inning. There were just two things the Dodgers could be sure of, two very important things, and that was that Kershaw allowed one run on three hits in a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. What's most important is how badly Bellinger needed the hit amid his slump; he had been 1-for-21 in the postseason prior to Tuesday night.

Just two of the Brewers' hits went for extra bases. "I have a lot of respect for him as a player, but you can't respect someone who plays the game like that".

The Brewers had the potential go-ahead run at third in the seventh.


"You could see the same look that you always see", Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts said of Kershaw, who went seven innings after pitching just three in a Game 1 loss. So if this was Kershaw's final home start as a Dodger, if that was really it, he turned in a performance worth remembering. Ryan Braun worked a walk to load the bases with two outs but Kershaw escaped the jam by striking out Jesús Aguilar. Both benches and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown. "He's a great guy". Gonzalez gave up one run on two hits in one-plus inning, injuring himself while trying to field a Yasiel Puig infield single.

In another move, the Brewers added right-hander Zach Davies to the NLCS roster, replacing Gio Gonzalez, who left Game 4 with a high left ankle sprain.

The defending NL champion Dodgers took a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series as they aim to take part in consecutive World Series for the first time since 1977-78. He didn't factor in the decision either time.

The Dodgers are 17-5 in their last 22 playoff home games. Can Los Angeles get a better start out of Clayton Kershaw at home today to win a pivotal Game 5?

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