With the National League Championship Series tied at two games apiece, Game 5 was key, and ultimately the Los Angeles Dodgers came away with a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers to take a 3-2 series lead.
Dodgers reliever Julio Urias (1-0) pitched a scoreless 13th inning to earn the victory.
"I haven't made a decision yet", Kershaw said, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. "The ball kind of got in on me and luckily I found a hole". The only word that comes to mind is just grateful.
"I think the most special part of that was him running on the first pitch", Turner said. And whatever happens, I'll be thankful for that. It goes for the pitching staff, Game 6 starter Wade Miley, and possible Game 7 starter Jhoulys Chacin, and a bullpen led by Josh Hader, the shutdown lefty who will be available to pitch on Friday. Yasiel Puig singled to center with two outs, bringing home Manny Machado after he was hit by a pitch from Corbin Burnes. Bellinger was 2-for-4 off the bench with an RBI. Milwaukee got only two runners to third base, none after the seventh inning.
Kershaw's fastball velocity is down to the low 90s, a product of persistent back issues and an astronomical workload. Ryu was dominant across 15 regular season starts (1.97 ERA, 5.93 K/BB ratio) and in the NLDS against the Braves. Kershaw has his bad starts yes, but he's not terrible.
What ultimately matters, Kershaw said, is "the efficiency in getting outs".
"I think it's seeing our guys persevere through that game", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. For Machado to publically say that a little extra effort on the basepaths is just not his style is pretty pathetic. The Dodgers have struck out 61 times through the first five games of the NLCS.
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The Brewers manager really was playing chess when everyone else was playing checkers Wednesday. "One time is an accident".
The seven-time All-Star will have 10 days after the final game of the World Series to decide whether he will take the $34.57 million and $35.57 million owed to him in 2019 and 2020, respectively, or hit free agency.
Taylor's hustle in running to first, which helped cause the error, advancing to second and then stealing third was nearly infectious, as a series of little things helped the Dodgers win a second consecutive playoff game without hitting a home run.
So, when we saw Kasten after Game 5 of the NLCS, we had to ask what the plan is to keep Kershaw in Dodgers Blue next season.
Kershaw has heard a lot about that.
"We're good for sure", Aguilar said.
This might be his last chance. "I thought they would pitch around me and get me to swing". Game five had the fans buzzing and ready to roll behind their long-time ace. "And it's been a long time since we've won one".