The "Clayton Kershaw can’t pitch in the postseason" narrative should be dead


The "Clayton Kershaw can’t pitch in the postseason" narrative should be dead

The Milwaukee Brewers returned home Thursday evening, October 18 trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers three games to two in the NLCS.

The victor of the series will take on either the reigning champion Houston Astros - who beat the Dodgers in seven games last season - or the Boston Red Sox in Major League Baseball's championship showcase. It was a great baseball game, it really was.

"He's a player that has a history of those types of incidents", Yelich said. "I don't think I'd single those two guys out, I think there's a bunch of guys we need to get going, and we will".

"There's no secrets anymore", Kershaw said, after giving up five runs (four earned) in three innings of Game 1. Grandal was one for four with three strike outs Monday, and had his third passed ball of the series, drawing boos from the crowd of 52,793.

"It's just a classic case of he executed a lot of pitches", Counsell said. The Dodgers are 10-of-43 hitting (.233) with runners in scoring position, compared to the Brewers' horrid 5-for-35 mark (.143). Miley started the game, but he only stuck around long enough to surrender a lead off walk to Cody Bellinger. Can Los Angeles get a better start out of Clayton Kershaw at home today to win a pivotal Game 5?

"Look, they're trying to get matchups, we're trying to get matchups, " Counsell said. One of those runs included a home run hit by the opposing pitcher (Brandon Woodruff).

This sets up Wade Miley to start Game 6 in Milwaukee and Jhoulys Chacin Game 7 - instead of Chacin in Game 6 on short rest. In his time with the Dodgers, Rich Hill has a 2.93 ERA in 40 postseason innings, effectively working as the postseason ace the Dodgers have desperately been looking for over the last few years.

Milwaukee catcher Erik Kratz pointed to a specific instance in the sixth inning of Game 5 when he saw Manny Machado motioning toward Chris Taylor, who was at the plate in what he thought was an attempt to inform him of the upcoming pitch. The two teams are neck and neck, with Los Angeles possessing a mere one-game advantage over Milwaukee as the teams enter Game 6.

The Brewers had a prime opportunity to take a commanding 3-1 series lead, but couldn't get it done against countless Dodgers relievers. Lorenzo Cain followed with an RBI double off the wall in center field.

The Brewers' Curtis Granderson had a pinch-hit RBI double in the ninth inning off Ryan Madson. Taylor then stole third base without a throw on Woodruff's first pitch to Barnes.

The Dodgers said tickets were still available for Game 5, which begins at 2:05 p.m. PDT.

Dodgers: Kershaw took the loss in Game 1 against the Brewers.

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