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

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Dodgers pitchers (and manager Dave Roberts has barely touched his bullpen) have dictated the terms of engagement to the playoff newcomers. "He was in complete control".

The Dodgers long-time ace went out and dominated in Game 2 of the 2018 NLDS against the Braves, securing a 3-0 win to help his team take a 2-0 series lead. It's no doubt how good Kershaw is and what he's been doing for his whole career.

"Maybe a tick, for sure", Kershaw said of earning some extra satisfaction. "That's all I was trying to do". Jerry Reuss and Burt Hooton did it in 1981, against Houston and Montreal. The Braves were shut out in consecutive postseason games for the first time.

Anibal Sanchez started for the Braves on Friday after righty Mike Foltynewicz made his postseason debut in Game 1.

Clayton Kershaw says he accepts the reasons he was given for not starting Game 1 of the National League Division Series. Roberts said it was done to give both Ryu and Kershaw five days of rest between starts. "In 2018, the big party is here in Los Angeles". The Dodgers beat the Cubs last season and lost to them in 2016. And Kershaw can still pitch in a deciding Game 5, if necessary, on regular rest. It was amusing to see Kershaw start working like late-30s Greg Maddux and just making hitters put it in play where he wanted them to.

Machado now has three home runs on 3-0 counts, and they've all come this season.

Sanchez was 7-6 with a 2.83 record during the regular season. Ryu was unbelievable at Dodger Stadium, with a 1.15 ERA and a.896 WHIP. He also scored a run. Ex-Dodger Charlie Culberson grounded into a fielder's choice to shortstop, with Inciarte out at second.

"If it does and he has to pitch, then we'll adjust and regroup from there", Snitker said. "He's one of the best, and he showed it".

Kershaw was sharp on defense, too.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman tumbles into the front row in pursuit of a fourth inning foul ball. He worked around a double to lead off the game by Ronald Acuna Jr. and a comebacker off his right leg in the fifth inning by Ozzie Albies.

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No matter how well Kershaw pitches, the question that will always come up with him will center around his postseason performance.

"I told myself I'd go hard from the get-go, and I am happy I was able to execute that plan", he said.

Hernandez added a solo shot in the sixth inning as the Dodgers played to their strength.

"Hyun-Jin has had a great season and he's pitched really well for us", Kershaw said.

The Braves' offence was anemic again.

"You can't blame any one person", Snitker said.

"And I think guys now, since we have experienced it, they've been through a lot, they've come back a lot all year", he said.

Kershaw juggled daughter Cali and son Charley on his lap in the postgame interview room.

Gausman joined the Braves from Baltimore at the non-waiver trade deadline in July in a six-player deal. Fellow lefty Kershaw was 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA and a team-high 155 strikeouts. Buehler last pitched on Monday, allowing one hit in 6 2/3 innings and striking out three in the NL West tiebreaker victory over the Rockies.

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