The Dodgers looked like that team from midsummer that stormed to the top of the division while Clayton Kershaw looked a lot like the pitcher they’ve seen all season. It all proved too much for the Atlanta Braves who saw the Dodgers jump out to a 6-1 victory in the opener of their National League division series at Turner Field in Atlanta on Thursday. 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 New York Yankees Sandy Koufax struck out in the opener of the 1963 World Series. 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 Yasiel Puig the power of Adrian Gonzalez and with two hits each from A.J. Ellis (both doubles) and Mark Ellis. 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 Zack Greinke is scheduled to oppose Atlanta’s Mike Minor.
Clayton Kershaw leads Dodgers past Braves, 6-1
Los Angeles Times | Oct 4