Dodgers down Cubs in Game 1, take 1-0 NLCS lead

Finding flaws in Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw

Finding flaws in Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw

The Nationals held a one-run lead, and they were turning to their best pitcher - a 33-year-old right-hander who has made a strong case for a second straight National League Cy Young Award - to shut down the Chicago Cubs for a couple innings three days after he delivered a gritty performance in Game 3 at Wrigley Field.

Game 2 is Sunday, with Rich Hill starting at home against Chicago's Jon Lester. The Dodgers hold a 2-0 series edge.

Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward held up Turner in the third when it appeared he could have scored from first on Cody Bellinger's double to the left-center gap. However, two singles, a double and intentional walk set the stage for one of the strangest plays in postseason history. But the Dodgers tied it against him in the fifth and went ahead in the sixth with Taylor's leadoff shot off loser Hector Rondon. In that game, Adam Wainwright was pulled in the third inning after being charged with six runs. So SportsLine likes the Yankees' chances relative to those of the average bear.

Puig added another huge offensive game to his recent surge with his first career post-season homer - though in a postgame interview on TBS, he was convinced he had hit one before.

"Each day he has progressed, just not rapidly enough that we felt comfortable with the risk", said Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. It's the fourth time their season has ended in the NLDS since moving from Montreal to Washington in 2005.

Los Angeles finally got rolling in the fifth when Logan Forsythe and Austin Barnes drew one-out walks.

Culberson then came through with a sacrifice fly that easily scored Barnes.

Only an injury would allow the Dodgers to add Seager to the roster during the NLCS. Chicago ultimately won the World Series.

One thing that this should make you think about is when a batter hits a foul ball into an umpire.

After a grueling NLDS, the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs head back to the NLCS for a rematch with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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