Manny Machado crushes 2-run HR in Game 1 against Braves


The Los Angeles Dodgers are right back where they were at this time a year ago, ahead 1-0 in the National League Division Series after topping the Atlanta Braves 6-0.

Though many probably either don't know this or just blatantly ignore it, Kershaw has had lots of dominant postseason outings.

"He was in control".

"You look at where Machado is hitting in the four, the three guys in front of him are high on-base guys", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. He was doing what he wanted to do, missing bats, the no-walk, and really competed well. "Hey, Atlanta, we'll see you soon, baby". He was 6-1 after the All-Star break, and second in the league with fewest walks per nine innings, 1.26. He laughed upon realizing the gaffe. He was 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 10 starts for the Braves.

"Back then (in 2015), I made a decision to have shoulder surgery, obviously so that I could be back on the mound again", Ryu said. The big-hitting rookie never got into the swing at Dodger Stadium, and neither did the rest of the Atlanta Braves.

The Braves won the NL East with a 90-72 record, advancing to the postseason for the first time since 2013.

Machado now has three home runs on 3-0 counts, and they've all come this season. We should have seen quick games without a lot of walks coming in this series.

It was the Dodgers' second consecutive shutout in the series after earning a 6-0 victory in Game 1 on Thursday. Other than that, it was a pretty quiet night for the offense.

Injured shortstop Dansby Swanson didn't make the Atlanta Braves' roster for the National League Division Series.

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Braves leadoff hitter Ronald Acuna Jr. fared only slightly better, going 2 for 8 with two strikeouts. This pitching staff keeps the Dodgers in most games with a chance to win, and that is all you could ask them to do.

"I think (Muncy's home run) was the biggest reason why I was able to pitch seven innings today", he said. The right-hander struck out five and walked two. Justin Turner began the first two months of the season trying to get healthy after breaking his wrist. And the next one ... no matter who's going, we're going to beat (them).

He found trouble again in the second.

The bullpen was gassed before the World Series and blew leads in game two and five which resulted in losses that were the difference in the series.

Hernandez added a solo shot in the sixth inning as the Dodgers played to their strength. Ender Inciarte has 12 hits and is batting.343 over his past 10 games for Atlanta. Puig charged in on pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki's fly to right field to end the inning. At the plate, he was hitting.238, with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs in 136 games.

Ryu gave up another two-out single to Ozzie Albies in the seventh. Kershaw only struck out three, but had Braves hitters off-balanced all night, living on the corners.

Relievers Caleb Ferguson, Alex Wood and Dylan Floro completed the shutout.