It all proved too much for the
Kershaw was dominating, striking out 12 Braves and holding them to the one run on just three hits in his seven innings.
It was the second-most strikeouts in the postseason for a Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, after the 15
The Dodgers, meanwhile, scored their six runs on 11 hits. They jumped out to a 5-0 lead after four innings and then let Kershaw bring them home. They made it look pretty easy.
They scored on the speed of
The Dodgers almost looked like they'd flipped a switch, putting behind their 12-14 September and resembling the team that went 42-8 in the middle of the summer.
The Dodgers will try to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series Friday when
Here's an inning-by-inning recap of Game 1:
Dodgers 6, Braves 1 (bottom of ninth):
They're just counting the outs now. The Dodgers went down in order against Atlanta's sixth pitcher,
The Braves are running out of time.
The bearded one gave up one single, but otherwise the Braves went quietly. As they mostly have all night.
He finished with 12 strikeouts, the second most for a Los Angeles Dodgers' pitcher in the postseason behind Sandy Koufax, who struck out 15
Ethier bounced out as the Dodgers went down in order.
He has 12 strikeouts, a team division record, and the first time a Dodger had at least 10 in the postseason since Tim Belcher had 10 in Game 2 of the 1988
The Braves tied the
Kershaw gave up the one run on three hits. He did walk three.
The Dodgers went quietly against the Braves' fourth pitcher, left-hander Alex Wood. They went in order, and so quietly, it almost felt like a different game.
Kershaw retired the side in order again, and struck out six consecutive Braves before Evan Grattis grounded out to end the inning. Kershaw has nine strikeouts.
Been awhile since
Everybody wants in on the act for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers pushed their lead back to five runs after
Every Dodgers position player but
After laboring in the fourth,
He struck out the side on 14 pitches. He now has seven strikeouts on the night.
The Dodgers missed an opportunity to blow the game open after loading the bases with one out.
Wasn't much of a sacrifice. Ayala was then able to strike out
In his four-plus innings, Medlen allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk, striking out four.
The Braves scored their first run of the night as
Kershaw struck out Andrelton Simmons to end the threat, but through four innings has thrown 77 pitches.
Suspense looks to be taking the night off, not that it's upsetting the Dodgers.
He walked leadoff hitter Andrelton Simmons and then threw a wild pitch to advance him to second. Kershaw looked like he was making Manager
Things continued to very much go the Dodgers way. After
It was the first postseason home run for Gonzalez in his 10 major-league seasons.
This is not exactly a promising start for the Braves. When the Dodgers scored three or more runs for
The Braves collected their first hit off
The next two flies went to Puig in right, and on the second one Gattis curiously wandered way too far off the bag and Puig threw to first to double him up. It didn't take one of those bullet throws or anything.
Are the Braves really trying or what? Mistakens killing them early.
The Dodgers will take that inning, and the Atlanta defense, any time.
The move paid off when
That proved costly when
There was a loud cheer for fan shown on video board holding up a sign that read: "Last government shut down was in 1995," which would be when the Braves last won the
Am I only the one who thinks that Amish-looking beard on Kershaw just isn't working?
Ah, looks like right-hander
Medlen needed only 14 pitches, and let go some impressive curveballs.
Hopefully it's an Los Angeles-type crowd for Game 1 of the
They're handing out 45,000 red, foam rubber tomahawks, so the crowd at