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Adorable Dodgers fan catches home run on birthday, meets Machado

Clayton Kershaw earned the right to start Game 1 for the Dodgers After stellar postseason start, Dodgers' Ryu Hyun-jin says rehab was worth it
Eugene Bates | 09 October, 2018, 11:29

"That's all I was trying to do". He's now 8 for 16 with 4 homers against him in his career. Jerry Reuss and Burt Hooton did it in 1981, against Houston and Montreal.

Swanson tore a ligament in his left hand against the New York Mets in the next-to-last series of the regular season. The Dodgers where 10 games under.500 on May 16th after a 6-5 loss to the Miami Marlins. And they face some daunting history: only three times have teams that trailed 2-0 rallied to win a best-of-five playoff series under the 2-2-1 format.

It's worth pointing out that Machado historically has owned Anibal Sanchez.

Kershaw got bypassed as the Game 1 starter in favor of Ryu after the three-time Cy Young Award victor had started eight of the Dodgers' past 10 postseason openers. "There was a lot of soft contact", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

"This guy is a potential Hall of Fame player", Roberts said. "So Game 1, Game 2, game whatever, I'm getting to pitch in the playoffs and I'm excited about that". The home run has bit Kershaw to the tune of ten home runs allowed in ten starts, exactly a home run allowed per start.

The Dodgers explosive batting order did not skip a beat from the regular season. All you have to do is stroll through social media and every time Kershaw gets mentioned for pitching a good game, the doubters quickly tarnish his performance with negative comments relating to his past playoff experiences. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth inning to earn the save.

Kershaw was credited with the victory in his only appearance against the Braves this season, a 4-1 victory July 27 at SunTrust Park where he allowed one run and six hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out eight and not walking a batter.

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the first inning after Pederson's home run, but Foltynewicz struck out Yasiel Puig to end the threat.

While there definitely wasn't much to point to on the Atlanta side of things, let's note that rookie phenom Ronald Acuna notched a leadoff double off of Kershaw. Ex-Dodger Charlie Culberson grounded into a fielder's choice to shortstop, with Inciarte out at second.

"We've still got chances, " Culberson said. Since Turner returned from his injury, he has been one of the best hitters in the National League, and his defense was a huge plus as well.

Kershaw was sharp on defense, too.

A sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter David Freese drove in Puig in the eighth. Muncy came up with big hits throughout the season and proved once again that the Dodger front office could find big league talent in other teams minor league system. Nick Markakis went 0 for 3 with a strikeout, and Albies was 0 for 3. "It's just a result of us having a good approach and good at-bats".

Kershaw juggled daughter Cali and son Charley on his lap in the postgame interview room.

With their season on the line, the NL East champion Braves are likely to start RHP Kevin Gausman on Sunday. In 31 starts, he posted a 2.85 ERA and almost three strikeouts per walk.

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