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Game 185 // Sixth Inning // Braves Up, Kershaw Out

That “Playoff Kershaw” pattern continues to haunt him.

And the Braves take a 3-1 lead in the NLCS.




Clayton Kershaw on the mound in the sixth inning, nervy Dodger fans everywhere wondering if Dave Roberts, once again, has let him stay on too long.

And then Acuna singles. Freeman doubles. Ozuna doubles.

The Braves go up by two, with no outs, Kershaw leaves the game, and his final line looks like this:

Five innings pitched. Four earned runs. 

And the legacy of the best pitcher to never be able to get it done in October, whether by chance or by choke, continues.




By the end of the inning, it’s 7-1 Braves and a giddy skip toward a 3-1 lead in the series. Brusdar Graterol came in out of the bullpen, gave up three runs, then Victor Gonzalez gave up another.

Braves win. Playoff Kershaw repeats once again on the scorecard.


The last hope for the Dodgers is this:

Playoffs Atlanta rears it ugly, every-year head again.

And they blow this sure-thing lead.