Yes, Kershaw's destiny always pointed to here, to Koufax's mound (albeit somewhat lower), for Game 1 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV, a 3-1 Dodgers win. But the journey turned out quite a bit different than Kershaw expected. For one thing, it took the Dodgers longer to get here than anyone anticipated. Five times, he and the Dodgers made it to the postseason. Each time, Charlie Morton Youth Jersey there was this expectation, this certainty even, that Kershaw would dominate October the way Koufax did ... and dominate happily.
But no, it wasn't fun for Kershaw. He certainly had some bright moments in October. Kershaw had some miserable moments, too. His nemesis was the seventh inning. In Game 1 of the 2014 NL Division Series against St. Louis, Chris Devenski Youth Jersey Kershaw was sailing along, and then the seventh inning came and the Cardinals scored eight runs.
Next time out against St. Louis in Game 4 of that NLDS, Kershaw started the seventh inning up by three runs on a single, another single and a homer.Against the Mets in Game 1 of the 2015 NLDS, Kershaw started the seventh inning up, 1-0, and walked three batters before being pulled. Facing the Nationals in Game 4 of the 2016 NLDS, he led by three runs as the seventh began; he promptly loaded the bases Colby Rasmus Youth Jersey and was finished. Even earlier this year, in Game 1 of the NLDS against Arizona, Kershaw began the seventh with a commanding lead. He gave up back-to-back home runs and was done for the night.
None of those, though, was a World Series game. No, this was the first World Series game, and this was the destiny. Koufax was one of the 54,253 in the stands watching and cheering and, perhaps, silently praying, Colin Moran Youth Jersey too.For the first six innings, there was no need for prayer. Kershaw was electrifying. He struck out 11 batters in those six innings, becoming the first Dodgers to record double-digit K's in a World Series game since, well, Koufax."He was ... incredible," Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said, taking a few seconds to come up with a word big enough to capture Kershaw's brilliance.
"Tonight was one of those nights, I think the first time in a while, where we've seen all three of his pitches synced up," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "I see the swing and miss. The depth of the slider. The fastball command. The backdoor cutter. The curveball. ... This was a special night for Clayton."