Joc Pederson Jacks Leadoff Home Run Against Braves

Ross Houston
October 6, 2018

Kershaw was even better. The left-hander struck out three and walked none in remaining unbeaten against Atlanta throughout his illustrious career. "I think the toughest one was the Stripling", manager Dave Roberts said of setting the NLDS roster.

Clayton Kershaw says he accepts the reasons he was given for not starting Game 1 of the National League Division Series. He's now 8 for 16 with 4 homers against him in his career.

Ryu joined exclusive company in the Dodgers' franchise history by tossing his second postseason start with at least seven shutout innings.

Yelich had put the Brewers up with a two-run homer in the third.

Game 2 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Braves has a scheduled first pitch today at 9:37 pm EST / 6:37 pm PST.

Kershaw ran out to the mound as though he was going to pitch the ninth, bringing cheers from the sellout crowd of 54,452.

If needed, Kershaw could still start Game 5 in Los Angeles on normal rest, so the move allows him to be available twice in the best-of-5 series. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth inning to earn the save.

The Dodgers' longtime ace twirled eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Braves, allowing only two baserunners in a start that marked the first time he had retired more than 21 batters in the postseason. Turner followed Pederson's homer with a double and Muncy walked.

Acuna doubled to deep left-centre on Kershaw's first pitch.

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Bill Russell, the shortstop of the Dodgers record-setting 1973-81 infield, and the team's manager from 1996-98.

Kershaw was sharp on defence, too.

Kershaw often has started on short rest in recent postseasons, but the Dodgers don't plan on that this time. One, Kershaw was not laboring and seemingly could have easily closed out the game. "For me, one of the best outings that I've seen that I can recall, in the sense that he used his complete repertoire of pitches". The Braves' offense had six hits to the Dodgers' five. Freddie Freeman's post-break OPS (.827) was also more than 100 points lower than his first-half number (.938)... "So to have the noise around him, but when it comes to his day to start and to help his club win a game, I had no concern that anything was going to affect him".

"It would be one or two of us", Kershaw said, smiling.

"I'm happy that I was able to keep my promise that I would go full-throttle from the get-go", Ryu said through a translator.

Pederson hit his home run off Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz on the third pitch of the bottom of the first inning.

The 24-year-old right-hander last pitched on Monday, allowing one hit in 6 2/3 innings and striking out three in the NL West tiebreaker victory over the Rockies.

"I don't really feel like there's anyone on this team that's going up there trying to hit a home run", said Max Muncy, who had a three-run homer in the second inning. That wasn't the end of it.

The Dodger says, "Hey, that was a nice catch, man" and you could nearly hear the breath leave Donovan's body momentarily.

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