When the Dodgers scored two in the top of the 2nd in Atlanta last night, with Clayton Kershaw on the mound, I figured that could be enough. When Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the top of the 3rd to make it 4-0 Los Angeles, I went to the DVR to check the CBS Evening News.
With the Dodgers 6-1 win, Kershaw earned his first career playoff victory by limiting the Braves to a run, three hits, three walks and 12 strikeouts over seven innings, and recorded the most whiffs by a Dodgers pitcher in a postseason game since Sandy Koufax struck out 15 New York Yankees in Game 1 of the 1963 World Series. A name I feel quite comfortable including in a sentence with Kershaw.
Moving beyond the brilliance of Kershaw, the Braves strike out a lot.
Teams with 20 games of 12+ strikeouts
You can’t help but judge the Braves on the company they keep.