Critics have doubted Kershaw’s ability to perform on the playoff stage, but on Tuesday night he put on a show and silenced any doubters. Kershaw recorded 11 strikeouts and allowed 3 hits on 83 pitches over 7 innings. Chris Taylor helped him get the W with a home run on the very first pitch of the game putting the Dodgers up 1-0 early.
However, the Astros’ defense held strong and third baseman Alex Bregman knotted the game up at one apiece in the 4th inning. Justin Turner also answered in a big way. Turner, who has been hot all postseason, broke the game wide open with a 2-run shot (his 4th HR of the postseason) to Left in the 6th, which would go on to be the game-winning score.
The Dodgers managed to take a close 1st game by a score of 3-1 at home and will look to keep the momentum going for game 2 tonight. That said, the Astros are hungry and have proved that they won’t go down without a fight. Unfortunately for their offense, Kershaw has been throwing well, and it would be no surprise to see him back on the bump for game 3 in Houston.
Game 2 was a wild one. After 11 innings and a record 8 home runs, the Astros went home with the dub. A total of 13 runs were scored with 10 of them coming off of dingers. Alex Bregman got the scoring started in the top of the 3rd with a one-run single, scoring Josh Reddick and moving George Springer to 2nd, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. Then the Dodgers scored 2, and the Astros answered back with 1 in the eighth, and the game-tying run in the 9th. This one is going to extras…
The Astros got off to a good start in the 10th with solo shots from Altuve and Correa putting them up 5-3. Once again, the Dodgers had an answer, scoring 2 of their own in the bottom of the 10th. A 2-run bomb from George Springer, which would prove to be the game-winning hit in the top of the 11th set the Astros up by 2 runs.
Astros win game 2 by a final score of 7-6.