Ryu's seven-inning stint matched the longest by a Dodgers starter during the 2017 postseason.
When they walk in, they will see plaques and posted honoring Hank Aaron right when they walk into Dodger Stadium.
"He was in control. And it was good for him to experience this", Snitker said. It would be surprising to see Kershaw lose this one, but it's baseball, and we all have learned to expect the unexpected. Buehler ended up as one of the Dodgers best starters and in the last month of the season, he pitched gem after gem against playoff contenders. He laughed upon realizing the gaffe. Stranger still is that the Braves offense during the regular season was significantly better against left-handed pitching, and they faces lefty starters in both Game 1 and Game 2. Why are the Dodgers only scoring from solo home runs?
Dodgers great Sandy Koufax was among those who gave Ryu a standing ovation as he walked to the dugout after his final pitch. "That's all I was trying to do is try and put our team in a good spot, and you want to defend home field when you have home field obviously".
Acuna, who was 0 for 4 and struck out twice, said he didn't think there was any pressure participating in his first postseason game. He is also one of only two players to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times. The Braves actually had more (six) but they were all singles. "It's just a result of us having a good approach and good at-bats".
"A guy with his pedigree and his track record, we're pretty excited to have him going tomorrow night", Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said of Kershaw.
Injured shortstop Dansby Swanson didn't make the Atlanta Braves' roster for the National League Division Series. He was on short rest and it was an elimination game for the Dodgers. Going back to his start in Game 7 of the World Series past year, Kershaw has now pitched 13 straight scoreless innings in the postseason.
Joc Pederson's leadoff shot in the bottom of the first rattled Mike Foltynewicz in his postseason debut. Kershaw is set to pitch Game 2 on Friday.
He found trouble again in the second. He loaded the bases with two outs before striking out Yasiel Puig. Pinch-hitter David Freese added a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Center fielder Ender Inciarte went 2 for 6 with two strikeouts, while cleanup hitter Nick Markakis was 1 for 7 with two strikeouts in the two losses. He only struck out one hitter (Nick Markakis looking on a lovely curveball to end the first with Acuna standing on third) through seven incredibly efficient innings (73 pitches). They recorded their first consecutive shutouts since Games 2 and 3 of the 2016 NL Championship Series against the Cubs.
Ryu gave up just four singles and struck out eight against a club that had the NL's second-best on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS) against left-handers this year at.780.