The Dodgers explosive batting order did not skip a beat from the regular season.
"The plan all along was if they burned their bench, which is what we wanted to do and Flowers came out, that Kenley had the ninth", he said. The big-hitting rookie never got into the swing at Dodger Stadium, and neither did the rest of the Atlanta Braves. All you have to do is stroll through social media and every time Kershaw gets mentioned for pitching a good game, the doubters quickly tarnish his performance with negative comments relating to his past playoff experiences. Walker Buehler went 6.2 innings, striking out three, walking three and allowing just one measly hit in the deciding game for the NL West. Muncy added to the lead in the fifth inning with a 2-run home run which all but sealed the game for them.
Max Muncy and Enrique Hernandez also homered as the defending National League champion Dodgers won their first postseason game since losing Game 7 of the 2017 World Series to the Houston Astros.
The Dodgers have scored their first seven runs of this series off of home runs.
The underrated Yasmani Grandal later followed with a homer of his own. The Braves were shut out in consecutive postseason games for the first time. Right fielder Nick Markakis was hitting cleanup, followed by Suzuki, second baseman Ozzie Albies, center fielder Ender Inciarte, shortstop Charlie Culberson and Sanchez.
"I wouldn't really consider it a gut punch", Kershaw said Thursday in his first public comments on the topic. He was 6-1 after the All-Star break, and second in the league with fewest walks per nine innings, 1.26. Atlanta pitchers are holding opponents to just a.229 batting average this season. It was a odd start for Kershaw as he struck out eleven batters but the results were not good at all.More news: The Spurs player Lionel Messi gave his shirt to after Barcelona win
The Dodgers backed Kershaw with a double play to end the sixth after he plunked pinch-hitter Lane Adams leading off and Acuna Jr. grounded into a fielder's choice. It was amusing to see Kershaw start working like late-30s Greg Maddux and just making hitters put it in play where he wanted them to. Find out how to watch Dodgers vs Braves Game 2 online live streaming with or without cable using the options provided ahead.
"You can't blame any one person", Snitker said.
Kershaw juggled daughter Cali and son Charley on his lap in the postgame interview room.
"Y'all are supposed to be in bed", Kershaw said, clearly pleased to have his hands full.
Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz will start for the Braves.
Gausman joined the Braves from Baltimore at the non-waiver trade deadline in July in a six-player deal.
Ryu missed 3 1/2 months of the season with a groin strain, then returned August 15 to post a 1.88 ERA in 52 2/3 innings. Ryu threw a season-high 104 pitches on the way to seven shut-out innings as he posted a starter longer than any a Dodgers pitcher made in last year's postseason.