On this special episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared and I recap a fantastic Game 1 of the World Series that saw the Dodgers take a 1-0 series lead with a 3-1 victory.
Clayton Kershaw committed a crime last night. He killed that BS narrative about him not being able to pitch in the postseason. He threw nine pitches in the first inning and looked completely in control except for one pitch to Alex Bregman that got away. He finished with 11 strikeouts in seven innings of work. It was one hell of a World Series debut.
Chris Taylor energized the park in a big way on the first pitch he saw from Dallas Keuchel. He launched the ball 447 feet into the Left Field Pavilion to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. He had a crucial plate appearance later in the game ahead of Justin Turner.
Turner didn’t look great in his first two plate appearances, which included a strikeout on a hittable pitch. In the sixth inning, Taylor worked a 5-pitch walk, which was Keuchel’s second mistake to Taylor on the night. Then Turner, after switching bats, was able to somehow hit a ball up-and-in over the left field wall to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.
Kershaw got a little unlucky in the seventh inning. Corey Seager couldn’t turn a routine double play with one out, but Kershaw got out of trouble anyway to finish his outing.
Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen pitched the 8th and 9th innings with little concern to give the Dodgers their first win in the World Series in 29 years.
We answered a couple questions before closing up shop for this episode.
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