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Kershaw's strong outing lifts Dodgers to 3-2 NLCS lead

18 October 2018

Clayton Kershaw bounced back from one of his worst post-season starts with one of his best, pitching the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Wednesday to move one win from a return trip to the World Series.

Game 5 opened with a twist as Milwaukee left-handed starter Wade Miley walked the first batter he faced, Cody Bellinger, and then was replaced by right-hander Brandon Woodruff.

The series continues on Friday in Milwaukee; if the Dodgers prevail, they will be headed to their second consecutive World Series.

The Dodgers took a 3-2 lead in the NL Championship Series, boosted by Max Muncy's go-ahead single in the sixth inning. "Maybe I threw some more curveballs today than I did in Game 1". After missing out on the chance to take a commanding 3-1 series lead, the offense really needs to get things going in this pivotal Game 5 on the road, if they want to steal the momentum back. Mike Moustakas also went 0 for 6, while Jonathan Schoop, Jesus Aguilar and Orlando Arcia were a combined 2 for 15.

It wasn't until the bottom of the fifth inning that Los Angeles struck back.

With one out, Machado had a broken-bat single to left and went to second on Guerra's wild pitch.

The Dodgers struck out 17 times; the Brewers fanned 15 times.

Enrique Hernandez was none too pleased on how the Dodgers played during the 4-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, nor with how the fan base acted throughout the defeat. "I think good players will get good offence going, and we're going to need it, and I expect it to happen". He ended up going 2-for-4 with the biggest RBI of the game.

The Brewers' Curtis Granderson had a pinch-hit RBI double in the ninth inning off Ryan Madson. He went seven strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits with nine strikeouts. The 2008 Dodgers and 1984 Padres share the record for fewest innings by starting pitchers with 21 1/3. But Barnes singled up the middle to tie the score, knocking a grounder through a drawn-in infield, and Kershaw scrambled out of the dugout to hit for himself and stay in the game. Lorenzo Cain followed with an RBI double off the wall in center field. Now you've got a guy on third with no outs.

The day game came after Tuesday's suspenseful match-up, which drew a number of celeb fans, including Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, Rob Lowe, Mario Lopez and Will Ferrell.

Milwaukee had gone scoreless over the final eight innings Tuesday and the first two innings Wednesday.

Kershaw's strong outing lifts Dodgers to 3-2 NLCS lead