ALCS MVP takes the mound against a strong lineup. Hill looks to keep the Astros shut down.

We are one game into the 2017 MLB World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. The Astros have arguably had the best lineup in the MLB this season, and the Dodgers the best pitching. Last night was a nail-biter to the end. Multiple home runs and an 11 strikeout game by ace, Clayton Kershaw led to a Dodgers 3-1 win to take Game one.

After seven innings pitched, Kershaw sat at 83 pitches, 11 strikeouts (six looking) and only three hits given up. Even when one of those hits was a solo home run by Alex Bregman, Kershaw still put on a Sandy Koufax kind of performance. In fact, he did just that. The last time a Dodger threw more than 11 strikeouts in a World Series game, was Koufax himself in 1965 who had 15.

“Yeah, [Koufax is] in our corner. He’s rooting for us. I’ve said it a million times, but he’s a special guy. Not too many guys can have that pedigree and be the kind of man he is. And thankful that I’ve gotten to hang out with him for a little while.”

-Clayton Kershaw on HOF Sandy Koufax

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Justin Turner lifted the Dodgers to a two run lead sending one over the walk after Dallas Keuchel gave up a two-out walk. That gave the Dodgers the lead and momentum they needed to take Game one last night.

Keuchel went six and two thirds innings giving up six hits, two home runs while only striking out three. It wasn’t his best night, but not his worst either. He threw 84 pitches (52 strikes) and had 11 ground-outs. Five of those ground-outs were double plays. His defense was behind him and he trusted that. Unfortunately, the pitches he missed his locations on were taken advantage of.

Game two brings us former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander versus Rich Hill. The Dodgers hope to continue keeping the bats hot against a pitcher who has dominated this postseason after winning the American League Championship Series MVP.  Will Verlander shut them down, or will the Dodgers continue their form?

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