Post-Season Report: Kershaw Again Answers Doubters; Another Strong Post-Season Effort

Clayton Kershaw gets a bad rap.

He’s had his moments to forget in the post-season. He, however, has had some special memories.

Add the Dodgers 5-2 victory against the Brewers that gave the Dodgers a 3-games-to-2 edge in the best-of-seven NLCS to the list of special memories.

Kershaw worked seven innings, giving up three hits, and a run.

So he now has a 1.16 ERA in his last five post-season appearances at Dodger Stadium. He is 3-0 and the Dodgers 4-0 in his four starts, and in the other game, the Dodgers lost Game 7 of last year’s World Series to the Astros, but Kershaw did all he could do to salvage a win, pitching four shutout innings in relief. In those five appearances, he has worked 31 innings, striking out 31 batters while allowing four earned runs, a .135 batting average allowed, and five walks, two of which were intentional.

What’s more, Wednesday’s game was his eighth post-season start in which he allowed one or fewer runs and three or few hits, three more than any other pitcher in post-season history.

Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell made an interesting decision on Wednesday. No, not the idea of starting Wade Miley for one batter (a walk of Cody Bellinger), who is, after all, going to start Friday’s Game 6 at Miller Park. Counsell replaced Miley with Brandon Woodward, whose season-high for innings pitched prior to Wednesday, was five innings, and next were two four-inning appearances. Counsell stayed with Woodward 5 1/3 innings, Woodward giving up three runs, two of which scored after he retired his final batter.

Jackie Bradley, Jr., is turning the ALCS into a national stage for one of the most impressive post-season series ever. Think about this. He delivered the game-winning, two-run home run in Game 4 on Wednesday. That came after his two-out grand slam in Game 3. And that came after his three-run double with two out in Game 2. Get the picture? The big hit in each of the Red Sox’s three victories. And this comes after his first three post-seasons with the Red Sox, when he hit .162 with one home run in 37 at-bats.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch is not using a debated call on a possible Astros home run that turned into an out as an excuse for the Astros losing an 8-6 game. Right field umpire Joe West ruled fan interference on Bradley’s leaping attempt to catch the ball. Hinch didn’t agree with the call, which was upheld by replay officials, but he also knows giving up eight runs had more to do with the loss than that call. "It's convenient to think about it that way but there's a lot of game left," Hinch said. "There's a lot of action in that game. No, I'm not going to go there, but it would have been nice to tie the game at that point. That's not the difference. That's not how the game plays." 

Remaining Schedule

Friday Brewers 6, Dodgers 5
Saturday Dodgers 4, Brewers 3
Monday Brewers 4, Dodgers
Tuesday Dodgers 2, Brewers 1 (13)
Wednesday Dodgers 5, Brewers 2
Dodgers lead Best of 7 Series, 3-2
Friday 6:39 p.m. Dodgers at Brewers FS1
Saturday* 7:09 p.m. Dodgers at Brewers FS1
Saturday Astros 7, Red Sox 2
Sunday . Red Sox 7, Astros 5
Tuesday Red Sox 8, Astros 2
Wednesday Red Sox 8, Astros 6
Red Sox lead Best of 7 Series, 3-1
Thursday 6:09 p.m. Red Sox at Astros TBS
Saturday 3:09 p.m. Astros at Red Sox TBS
Sunday* 5:39 p.m. Astros at Red Sox TBS
DATE TIME World Series TV
Oct. 23 TBA Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox/Astros Fox
Oct. 24 TBA Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox/Astros Fox
Oct. 26 TBA Astros/Red Sox at Dodgers/Brewers Fox
Oct. 27 TBA Astros/Red Sox at Dodgers/Brewers Fox
Oct. 28* TBA Astros/Red Sox at Dodgers/Brewers Fox
Oct. 30* TBA Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox/Astros Fox
Oct. 31* TBA Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox/Astros Fox
*-if necessary
NL: Rockies 2, Cubs 1 (13 innings)
AL: Yankees 7, A's 2
NL Division Series
Brewers Clinch, 3-games-to-none
Milwaukee 3, Rockies 2 (10)
Milwaukee 4, Rockies 0
Milwaukee 6, Rockies 0
Dodgers Clinch, 3-games-to-1
Dodgers 6, Braves 0
Dodgers 3, Braves 0
Braves 6, Dodgers 5
Dodgers 6, Braves 2
AL Division Series
Red Sox Cinch, 3-games-to-1
Red Sox 5, Yankees 4
Yankees 6 Red Sox 2
Red Sox 16,Yankees 1
Red Sox 4, Yankees 3
Astros Clinch, 3-games-to-none
Astros 7, Indians 2
Astros 3, Indians 1
Astros 11, Indians 3
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