Dodgers Move Closer to Goal, Win 2017 World Series Opener

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While the end result has not yet been reached, Clayton Kershaw can now say he’s a World Series game winner, and he has Justin Turner to thank for it.

Kershaw looked dominant from the beginning of the game. He had all of his pitches working, and his only mistake of the game came on a 1-1 pitch to Alex Bregman in the fourth inning, who sent the ball into the left field stands. That would be Houston’s only run of the game. He was only the second pitcher in World Series history to record 11 strikeouts and no walks.

Chris Taylor led off the game for the Dodgers in epic fashion, sending the first pitch off Houston starter Dallas Keuchel into the left field pavilion for a home run.

The Dodgers produced a few other hits early, but had some bad luck, hitting balls right at people, and accruing three double plays over the first five innings.

In the sixth inning, Turner was there to break the 1-1 tie. After a two-out walk to Chris Taylor, JT sent a pitch to the left field pavilion, making the score 3-1, his fourth home run of the postseason.
Jose Altuve led off the seventh with a single, and a Carlos Correa fielders choice got Altuve at second. Corey Seager mishandled a transfer of a Yuli Guerriel  hit to Logan Forsythe, which should have resulted in a double play. Kershaw, however, induced Brian McCann to fly out, and flipped the script on his postseason narrative. He went seven innings, allowing only three hits, one earned run, no walks, and 11 strikeouts.

A two out single by Corey Seager chased Houston starter Dallas Kuechel from the game after 6-2/3 innings pitched, allowing six hits, two home runs, three earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts. Brad Peacock took over and after walking Logan Forsythe, he got Austin Barnes to fly out to end the inning.

Brandon Morrow succeeded Kershaw in the top of the eighth, and induced two fly balls and a grounder to Bellinger to retire the side.

Chris Devenski pitched bottom of 8th, getting the Dodgers to go 1-2-3.

All-World closer Kenley Jansen entered in the top of the ninth to get the save. He struck out George Springer, who went 0-4 with four strikeouts. He got the next two batters to fly out, and the Dodgers recorded their first World Series win since 1988, in a tidy 2:28 affair.

Tomorrow’s Game 2 features Rich Hill facing off against Justin Verlander.

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