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Kershaw and the Dodgers take NLCS Game 2

Kershaw, Dodgers hoping for return next week Azul3155/ via Flickr



The Los Angeles Dodgers took Game 2 from the Chicago Cubs, 1-0 to even the series at one game.

The Dodgers started things of early with a solo home run from Adrian Gonzalez to center field in the top of the second. That would end up being all the offense Kershaw needed to work with.

Clayton Kershaw came in and pitched like it was no ones business despite pitching on short rest. He retired the first fourteen batters he faced. He finished the game giving up three hits in seven scoreless inning while striking out six batters. Kenley Jansen came in for a six out save and allowed no runs and struck out another four Cub batters.

The Cubs on the other hand did not play awful they just weren’t creating anything to capitalize on. They only had two hits and had one batter walk. Kyle Hendricks left the game after 5 1/3 inning in which he gave up one run on three hit while walking a whopping four batters. The bullpen came in and did everything in their power to give the Cubs a chance. Their pitchers did not allow a single hit the rest of the game.


“Going back home, splitting this series in Chicago, we like where we are right now,” Kershaw said.


Fun Fact:

Jansen’s six out save was the first of his career.

What’s Next: 

Game 3 will feature Cubs’ ace, Jake Arrieta versus the Dodger’s Rich Hill. Both pitchers are coming of great regular seasons. Arrieta will have had a whole week between starts when he takes the mound on Tuesday. He faced the Dodgers once during the season. He went seven innings, giving up two hits and four walks, while striking out eight LA batters. Rich Hill on the other hand has yet to face the Cubs this season.

Game 3 will be played at 7 p.m. central on Tuesday due to the need of a day for travel.