In what was the most anticipated night in Los Angeles in the last three decades, the Dodgers did not fail to deliver. The Dodgers continued their tear on the MLB with a 3-1 win over the Astros in game 1 of the World Series.
The Dodgers were led by a usual suspect, their ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw silenced all the critics tonight by throwing up his best postseason start of his career on the biggest stage of his life. Kershaw’s final line was 7 Innings, 3 hits, 1 earned run with 11 strikeouts on 83 pitches. He was masterful and then some.
The offense was led by the reigning co-MVPs of the NLCS, Justin Turner, and Chris Taylor. Taylor opened up the scoring and set Dodger Stadium on fire with a first-pitch home run by Dallas Keuchel. Taylor finished the night 1-3 with 2 runs scored and the solo shot in the first.
Justin Turner continued to do Justin Turner-Esq things. Fortunately, that’s becoming a thing for the Dodgers. Turner put the Dodgers ahead in the bottom of the 6th inning with a 2-run shot with (you guessed it) Taylor on base.
The Dodgers top of the order is lethal. Taylor and Turner are the hottest combo left in the playoffs. It helps to see Corey Seager return and go 2-3 with two nice shots to center field.
The Astros were baffled by Kershaw all night. Kershaw only made one mistake on a fastball inside to Alex Bregman. Aside from that the Astros offense was silent, just mustering 3 hits.
Dallas Keuchel was great for the Astros. He made an early mistake to Taylor but settled down until the 6th inning. He had a nice pitching line, tossing 6 ⅔, 6 hits on 3 earned runs.
The Dodgers got their first World Series win since 1988 and are now 8-1 this postseason. In what was record breaking (temperature) start to the World Series, the Dodgers proved to stay hot.
Their offensive game plan is questionable, as they allowed Keuchel to pitch into the 7th with only 80 pitches. That can’t be the case tomorrow night with Verlander. The Astros rotation top heavy so if the Dodgers can leave LA with a 2-0 lead, they will be in an AMAZING spot to capture the title. Justin Verlander is no pushover, so the Dodgers are going to have to work on putting up better at-bats. They were bailed out by an excellent pitching performance from Kershaw. With Rich Hill on the mound tomorrow, the Dodgers can’t feel comfortable winning with scoring just 3 runs. 3 MORE WINS DODGER FANS!