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Clayton Kershaw was filthy. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ bats had been mighty. And the Dodgers handily beat the Atlanta Braves 6-1 on Thursday night to take Sport 1 of the NLDS. The Dodgers successfully silenced the excited Braves followers who were tomahawk-chopping early on. Yes, it was only one recreation, however the Dodgers sent a message to the remainder of the National League playoff subject — we’re ready and we have now Clayton Kershaw.
Adrian Gonzalez delivered the largest hit of the night time for the Dodgers, a two-run homer within the third inning. He smacked it to centerfield, just a few ft out of the attain of Jason Heyward. It put the Dodgers up four-0. Gonzalez also singled within the fifth inning. He was one of four Dodgers with two hits. Additionally: Mark Ellis, Yasiel Puig and A.J. Ellis. The Dodgers had 11 hits altogether.
Kershaw was his usual baffling self. He didn’t even have his curve working at its greatest for among the game, however he still struck out 12 Braves batters, seeming to get higher as the game went on. He gave up one run on three hits in seven innings. Kershaw bought into a couple of jams early and his pitch depend was a bit excessive (91 via 5 innings), however he settled down and struck out six batters in a row between the fourth and sixth innings. He finished the night with 124 pitches.
Evan Gattis was doubled off first base in the second inning on a fly ball to right subject. Yasiel Puig gunned it to first base with Gattis oddly having taken off for second. A double play did not do the Braves in — that was Kershaw — however it was sandwiched between the Dodgers scoring two runs within the second and two extra within the third.
The meat of the Braves batting order — Gattis, Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman — have been 2-for-10.
Before Gonzalez’s two-run dinger put the game firmly in L.A.’s management, this A.J. Ellis double, which a diving Gattis couldn’t grab, put the Dodgers up 2-0 and seemed to set the tone for the Braves’ night time. Just. Not. Enough.
• Counting Thursday’s win, the Dodgers are 15-1 win in 2013 when Kershaw pitches they usually score no less than four runs.
• Since 2000, the Braves are 5-15 in house playoff games.
Yasiel Puig’s postseason debut. He singled in his first at-bat, went from first to third on a single to centerfield, then scored the Dodgers’ first run on a sac fly to centerfield. He singled once more in the third inning. He completed the night time 2-for-4.
Puig was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning, getting pegged sq. within the again. Because the Dodgers and Braves each have been concerned in on-subject scuffles this season, all people watching the game held their breath for a second. Puig glared at pitcher Kris Medlen, however no bickering ensued.
The Braves now need to hope they can fare better in opposition to Zack Greinke on Friday. First pitch is at 6:07 p.m. ET from Atlanta. The Braves counter with Mike Minor (thirteen-9, three.21 ERA). Greinke has been stellar in the second half of the season, with a 1.85 ERA. Minor posted a 3.ninety four ERA in September in 32 innings. He was zero-4 in five starts.