the best postseason outing of his career

#1 von elaine95 , 01.12.2018 03:05

SAN DIEGO — This is crunch time for the Colorado Rockies http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-nathan-eovaldi-jersey , who dropped 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West race late Thursday night by suffering a 13-inning, walk-off loss to the Padres at Petco Park.Not only did the Rockies lose while the Diamondbacks were beating the Dodgers, Colorado used five of its eight relievers.Yes, help is on the way. The rosters can be expanded Saturday. But there is still Friday’s game to play and the Rockies can’t afford to lose again to the division’s last-place Padres.Article continues below ...So the pressure will be on right-hander Antonio Senzatela Friday night to not only defeat the Padres — who have won three straight games — but to go deep into the game to prevent more damage to the bullpen. The effects of a 13-inning loss can linger.Senzatela (4-4, 5.24 ERA) will face Padres right-handed rookie Brett Kennedy (0-2, 7.58 ERA) Friday night in the second game of a four-game series. The Rockies came to San Diego looking for a sweep or three wins to gain a little ground in the National League West as their playoff rivals dueled in Los Angeles.Senzatela was originally scheduled to start Thursday but was given an extra day off before his 18th appearance of the season for the Rockies and his eighth start. He has worked a total of 56 2/3 innings, giving up 34 runs (33 earned) on 61 hits and 20 walks with 42 strikeouts for a 1.43 WHIP and a .272 opponents’ batting average.Senzatela struggled in his last outing and has had problems on the road this season.Against St. Louis on Aug. 24, Senzatela allowed seven runs on 10 hits (two home runs) and a walk over 4 1/3 innings to take the loss against the Cardinals.Senzatela is 1-3 on the road this season with a 5.46 ERA in 10 appearances (four starts). In the four starts, he is 0-2 with a 5.24 ERA.Senzatela has had a degree of success against the Padres. He is 4-0 with a 4.00 ERA in nine career appearances (three starts). But in four relief appearances against the Padres this season, Senzatela has allowed five runs in 7 1/3 innings for a 6.14 ERA. However, he won his lone decision against San Diego this year. He is 1-0 with a 5.19 ERA in four appearances (one start) at Petco Park.Meanwhile, the Padres’ auditions for starting spots continue with Kennedy’s fifth start Friday night. The 23-year-old is one of four rookies currently in the Padres’ rotation.With more future rotation candidates expected to arrive Saturday, Kennedy might need a strong outing Friday night to keep his spot in the rotation. Thus far he has given up 16 runs on 31 hits and six walks with 14 strikeouts in 19 innings. In addition to the inflated ERA, he has a 1.95 WHIP and a .373 opponents’ batting average. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw put his previous flop behind him and pushed the Los Angeles Dodgers forward — one victory from a return trip to the World Series.With so much at stake, the three-time Cy Young Award winner bounced back from one of his worst postseason starts with one of his best, pitching the Dodgers past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the NL Championship Series.“I don’t really think about the one before. And after this one I’m not going to think about this one, either,” Kershaw said.Max Muncy hit a go-ahead single in the sixth inning for the defending NL champs. Kershaw held the lead http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-daniel-robertson-jersey , scoring an insurance run in the seventh and then exiting.Roughed up in the NLCS opener, Kershaw mixed his fastball and slider on a hot day to shut down the Brewers. The Dodgers ace didn’t allow a baserunner past the third inning.“He just has a knack,” Brewers star Christian Yelich said. “He has the ability to punch guys out.”Game 6 is Friday night in Milwaukee. The Brewers will start left-hander Wade Miley, who walked Cody Bellinger to open Game 5 before getting pulled in an interesting piece of strategy by manager Craig Counsell. Hyun-Jin Ryu will go for the Dodgers.“To go back to Milwaukee up 3-2 as opposed to being down 3-2 is huge for us,” Kershaw said. “It’s been a battle every single game we’ve played them so far and we don’t expect anything different when we go back.”The Brewers do.“We’re in a good spot, man,” Counsell said. “We’re going back home, to me, in a position of strength.”The Dodgers haven’t been in back-to-back World Series since losing to the Yankees in 1977 and ’78. They were beaten by Houston in Game 7 last year.“You’ve seen it this entire postseason, even when we’re behind, we’re battling back, putting ourselves in a position to possibly tie games or take the lead late,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “That’s where our experience comes in. We never count ourselves out.”If the Brewers rally to win the series and this ends up being Kershaw’s last start for the Dodgers, he left behind a gem. The left-hander can opt out of the last two years and $70 million remaining on his contract after the World Series and become a free agent. He said Tuesday he hasn’t made a decision about his future.The teams reconvened less than 15 hours after the Dodgers eked out a 2-1 victory Tuesday night on Cody Bellinger’s RBI single with two outs in a 13-inning game that lasted over five hours.Pitching in 82-degree sunshine, Kershaw was well-rested and masterful in allowing one run and three hits over seven. He struck out nine, all on breaking pitches, and walked two.Kershaw recovered from the shortest postseason start of his career. He lasted just three innings in losing the NLCS opener while giving up five runs — four earned — at Miller Park.“I don’t know if it was that much, just a little bit better execution maybe Matt Andriese Jersey ,” Kershaw said of his repertoire. “Maybe I threw some more curveballs today than I did in Game 1.”Kershaw pitched in and out of trouble in the third, when the Brewers loaded the bases and scored their lone run. Kershaw struck out Jesus Aguilar to end the third, the first of 13 consecutive batters that the left-hander retired.“Anytime you can work yourself out of situations like that that’s going to make or break the game,” Kershaw said. “Minimizing damage as best you can as a starting pitcher is huge.”Curtis Granderson hit an RBI double in the ninth. Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers’ third pitcher of the ninth, came in for the last two outs and the save.Yelich, who nearly won the NL Triple Crown this season, was hitless in four at-bats. He is 3 for 20 without an RBI in the NLCS.“Just not capitalizing,” he said. “It’s frustrating.”The Dodgers’ offense broke loose with five runs over the fifth, sixth and seventh innings that had the sellout crowd of 54,502 on its feet whipping blue towels and cheering loudly.The team that hit a franchise and NL-leading 235 home runs in the regular season did it playing small ball instead, driving in all but one of its runs on singles.“The little things played a big part,” Roberts said.The Dodgers tied the game 1-all on Austin Barnes‘ RBI single up the middle in the fifth. Chris Taylor singled leading off, took second on shortstop Orlando Arcia’s throwing error and stole third.“It was huge to get there to third base, less than two outs, give us a shot to do some things,” Barnes said of Taylor. Muncy grounded a 1-2 pitch from Brandon Woodruff into left field, scoring Turner http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-c.-j.-cron-jersey , who led off with a single. Yasiel Puig singled to center with two outs, bringing home Manny Machado after he was hit by a pitch from Corbin Burnes.Los Angeles extended the lead to 5-1 in the seventh on Turner’s RBI single that scored Kershaw, who walked, and pinch-hitter Brian Dozier’s RBI groundout.Kershaw has struggled in the postseason during his career, with his numbers never matching his excellence during the regular season.But his outing Wednesday nearly matched what he did in Game 2 of the NL Division Series against Atlanta. Kershaw allowed two hits over eight shutout innings, struck out three and walked none in the best postseason outing of his career.“It’s just a classic case of he executed a lot of pitches,” Counsell said.The Brewers led 1-0 in the third on Lorenzo Cain’s RBI double to deep center.WORKING WITH A LEADThe Dodgers are 5-1 in series when they own a 3-2 lead. Their only loss came in the 1952 World Series against the Yankees. Teams with a 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven NLCS have a 15-6 series record.GET TO THE ‘PENMilwaukee’s starters have tossed just 14 innings in the NLCS, the lowest total ever through five games, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The 2008 Dodgers and 1984 Padres share the record for fewest innings by starting pitchers with 21 1/3.TOOTH HUNTINGGranderson chipped his right front tooth in the ninth and wore a bandage on his lower lip where his helmet hit him. He never did find his tooth despite help from Turner, Machado and Dozier.“We couldn’t find it out there. Too small,” Granderson said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to eat tonight, which is the biggest concern.”UP NEXTMiley will become the first pitcher to start consecutive games for his team in the same postseason since George Earnshaw of the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1930 World Series against the Cardinals, STATS said. He pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings in Game 2 vs. the Dodgers, allowing two hits and walking none. Ryu gave up two runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings in that game. Ryu pitched seven shutout innings in Game 1 of the NLDS against Atlanta, allowing four hits and striking out eight.

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