Keuchel and The Astros Can’t Handle Kershaw and The Dodgers in Game One
Two hours and twenty eight minutes is all it took for game one to be put in the books on Tuesday night and Clayton Kershaw was dominate. On the other side Dallas Keuchel wasn't bad but the Los Angeles Dodgers were able to take advantage on only a couple of pitches.
The series began in Hollywood on an unseasonably warm afternoon at Dodger stadium and right off the bat for the Dodgers they came out swinging, literally. The normally very patient Chris Taylor, NLCS Co-MVP, lead off the game and ambushed Keuchel on the very first pitch of the game with a long home-run to left field.
Clayton Kershaw's playoff struggles have been well documented and he was looking to shake that label in game one. On this night he was absolutely dominate, allowing only one run on three hits and struck out 11 batters.
The one run Kershaw allowed was via the long ball by Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who deposited one into the left field bleachers. That was the only blemish on a solid night for the veteran left-hander over seven strong innings.
With the game knotted at one apiece in the 6th inning and two outs Keuchel was facing the top of the Dodgers lineup and Chris Taylor would work a walk. Next up was the other half of the NLCS Co-MVP, Justin Turner. Keuchel would try to pound him up and in and boy was Turner up to the task. He swiftly pulled his hands inside the baseball and put that sweet swing out there and watched the ball sail just over the left field wall. Dodgers lead 3-1.
From there the Dodgers bullpen came in and made quick work of the Astros lineup with Brandon Morrow and Kanley Jansen finishing the game up for Los Angeles. The Dodgers took game one, 3-1.
As for the Astros, their pen was steady as well, it was good to see Brad Peacock come in and get a big out in relief of Dallas Keuchel. Chris Devenski also got himself back in good graces, for now, with Manager A.J. Hinch with a clean inning.
However, the offense was still a disappointment only totaling three hits. George Springer has been struggling a lot at the top of the lineup as he struck out four times on Tuesday evening. Is it time to move him out of the lead-off spot? We'll see how Hinch will play it and adjust moving forward.
Game two is set for Wednesday night at 7:09pm and will pit left-hander Rich Hill for the Dodgers against right-hander Justin Verlander for the Astros.