Game 1 of the National League Division Series is behind us and it was certainly a painful one. Clayton Kershaw was tagged for 6 runs before the seats were even warm at Dodger Stadium and was chased after recording just one out against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts along with Kershaw both confirmed that the left-hander wasn’t experiencing any physical issues stemming from his balky shoulder. A dejected Kershaw instead said he just didn’t have it.
Despite the outing, Roberts is already looking ahead to the next time Clayton would take the mound, if the best-of-five series makes it that far.
To his credit, Kershaw said he’ll be ready for when ever Roberts needs him.
Game four would come on Thursday night in Arizona. The Dodgers will need to win at least one of the next two games to make that game happen. The Diamondbacks remain red hot, winning their third game so far this postseason. Roberts shared his thoughts on what the young club does right at the plate.
“They win pitches. I don’t think they punch much. They just put the ball in play. When you make a mistake, there’s some slug in there. They’re not essentially built on slug, but those guys can still hit the ball in the ballpark. And I think right now they’ve clearly had a great game plan for the Brewers, and they came with a good plan tonight and executed it. And that’s part of the game.”
Hit the ball and try to keep the line moving seems to be the mantra and it’s working well so far for the Arizona ballclub.
The NLDS takes one day off on Sunday before we resume on Monday at Dodger Stadium with rookie right-hander Bobby Miller making his first career postseason start for LA.
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