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  • 11 Jul
    导出博客文章WASHINGTON -- Clayton Kershaw was hardly at his best.Nothing new when it comes
    to October.He allowed eight hits and three runs. He needed 101 pitches just to
    make it through five innings. His career postseason ERA even rose a bit, up to
    4.65.Didnt matter a bit to the lefty. Only this did: He earned a rare playoff
    victory.Backed by early homers from rookie sensation Corey Seager and Justin
    Turner off Max Scherzer in a matchup of Cy Young Award winners that promised
    more than it delivered, Kershaw helped the Los Angeles Dodgers edge the
    Washington Nationals 4-3 Friday in Game 1 of their NL Division Series.It was a
    grind. A lot of guys on base all the time. Definitely wasnt easy, Kershaw said.
    As close as you can bend without breaking, I guess.His work done, Kershaw was
    able to relax in the dugout, chewing gum and blowing bubbles while watching
    relievers Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton, Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen combine to
    give up one hit over four scoreless innings. Jansen got his first five-out save
    since April.Whatever weve got to do to win, right? Those guys are up to the
    challenge, Seager said about the Dodgers bullpen. And theyve been up to it all
    year.Game 2 in the best-of-five matchup is Saturday at Washington.Facing the NL
    East champs, Kershaws three runs might not sound like an exorbitant total, but
    an opponent scored that many only once in the leftys preceding 16 starts. And
    there was a stop-and-start feel to the evening, because of plenty of
    boo-inducing mound visits from catcher Yasmani Grandal.I wanted to be sure on
    the signs. We were trying to change `em up pretty often, said Kershaw, who
    improved to 3-6 in the playoffs , a far cry from his regular-season record of
    126-60 with a 2.37 ERA and three Cy Young Awards. It was mainly that I had so
    many guys on second base.Certainly did.Kershaw left the bases loaded in the
    second, and stranded two runners in both the third and fifth -- striking out
    Danny Espinosa along the way each time.We had him on the ropes a couple times,
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said, and, you know, the big hit just escaped
    us.There was also a baserunning blunder by NL MVP contender Daniel Murphy in the
    seventh inning.Murphy, who hadnt started a game since Sept. 17 because of a
    strained glute muscle, reached when Baez walked him, but then was thrown out
    trying to steal second. Baker said it was Murphys decision to run there and
    acknowledged being surprised by the attempt.Theres two choices on that, Murphy
    said. Either be safe or dont run.In all, Washington went 1 for 10 with runners
    in scoring position.That meant the Nationals repeatedly let Kershaw off the
    hook. He sat out more than two months with a bad back before returning to the NL
    West winners in September and hadnt thrown more than 91 pitches since coming
    back.So what if he struggled?It feels good to win, and it feels good to win in
    this situation, Kershaw said. If I had pitched seven shutout innings and we
    lost, its a different feeling. At this time of year, you kind of just throw the
    stats out the window and you just win the game.He was staked to a 4-0 lead
    thanks mainly to Seager and Turner, before slowly giving back most of that
    margin.Kershaw allowed only one stolen base during 149 innings in the regular
    season, then allowed two on a single pitch in the third, when Bryce Harper (who
    had doubled) and Jayson Werth (who had walked) moved up. That became big when
    Anthony Rendon ripped a single to left field on a slider that didnt really
    slide, bringing both runners home and getting Washington to 4-2.Trea Turners
    sacrifice fly in the fourth cut the Dodgers lead to a run.Like Washingtons
    Turner, L.A.s Seager is a rookie who has not played like one all year long.On
    the first pitch he saw from Scherzer, Seager turned on a 97 mph fastball and hit
    it to the deepest part of Nationals Park, beyond the 402-foot sign in center
    field, for a 1-0 lead.Scherzer plunked the next batter, Justin Turner, on the
    left arm. For whatever reason, the 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner for Detroit --
    and a 20-game winner whos a leading contender for the NL honor this year --
    never truly settled in.The Dodgers made it 4-0 in the third on Chase Utleys RBI
    single, then Justin Turners two-run shot on a 77 mph curveball. The ball sailed
    over the head of Werth, who jumped in vain to try to make a grab, then slammed
    his glove against the left-field wall.Homers have been Scherzers biggest problem
    the past two seasons: He allowed 27 in 2015, and a major league-high 31 in
    2016.I made some mistakes, and they cost me, Scherzer said. I take ownership of
    that, and Im accountable for that.MAKING HISTORYBaker and L.A.s Dave Roberts
    became the first pair of black managers to face off in a postseason series.
    During pregame introductions, they met near home plate for a long
    embrace.TRAINERS ROOMNationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen hours
    before Game 1 -- his first time on a mound since he hurt his right elbow a month
    ago. He was ruled out for the NLDS, but the Nationals hope he could return if
    the team advances. ... All-Star C Wilson Ramos, out for the season with a torn
    knee ligament, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.UP NEXTIn Game 2, RHP Tanner
    Roark (16-10, 2.83 ERA) starts for the Nationals, taking the assignment that
    likely would have gone to Strasburg if he were healthy. LHP Rich Hill (3-2, 1.84
    ERA in six starts after a trade from Oakland) will pitch for the Dodgers. He was
    let go from Washingtons Triple-A Syracuse affiliate last year.
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    field goals to give the Chargers a 19-9 victory against the Colts on Monday
    night. Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has named five debutants in his squad for
    Fridays Four Nations opener against Scotland in Hull and made 10 changes to the
    side that beat New Zealand in Perth earlier this month.Matt Moylan will start at
    fullback, James Maloney is named at five-eighth, Justin ONeill selected in the
    centres with Manly young gun Jake Trbojevic at lock.Sydney Roosters hooker Jake
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