Brewers RP Brandon Woodruff smokes homer vs. Kershaw

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Milwaukee Brewers' Brandon Woodruff (53) celebrates after hitting a home run during the third inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. Kershaw suffered the loss as he allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits over three innings, striking out two and walking two. We're loving the run the Brewers are on and can't wait to experience each game and are looking forward to our next bullpen session. He was co-MVP of the NLCS a year ago with Taylor when Los Angeles made it to the World Series for the first time since 1988. Is Milwaukee a strong bet again this afternoon to grab a commanding 2-0 series advantage? The Dodgers went on to lose the game 6-5.

In this pivotal encounter, veteran right-hander Jhoulys Chacin goes for the visiting Brewers opposite rookie righty Walker Buehler of the Dodgers. The last meeting came more than five years ago when he held the Brewers to two runs in 7 1/3 innings of a 9-2 Dodgers victory on May 22, 2013.

"It's easy to see why folks would side with the Dodgers in the best-of-seven, but at this point, Milwaukee's won 11 in a row, you can't discount them - it's going to be a series, you'd assume".

"It takes a special athlete to have a night like he had last night and to show up the next day in a big spot and want to have the bat in your hand", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. The victor of this series will also be the heavy favorites in the World Series, regardless of whether they're matched up with the Dodgers or Brewers. He faced them three times, three hits and two runs in three and one-third innings pitched.

Game two of the best-of-seven series is Sunday, with Boston left-hander David Price trying to end his postseason skid against Astros righty Gerrit Cole. "But I'm just going to go out, just try to give my team a chance to win the game and just have fun".

But still, Yelich is 0-1 against Alexander, Lorenzo Cain is 0-2 and Travis Shaw is just 1-3 with one single.

"I knew he could swing the bat a little bit, for sure", Kershaw said. He has four postseason go-ahead home runs since he joined the club in 2014, tied with Daniel Murphy for the most in that span.

Woodruff led off the third inning with a long drive to right-center, tying Game 1 of the NL Championship Series at 1.

Matt Kemp has slugged two home runs against Miley and Machado and Freese have also gone deep against Wade Miley. Ryu was pulled, and Ryan Braun doubled the deficit with an RBI groundout off reliever Ryan Madson. "But as far as Clayton, I just think it was poor execution", Roberts said. That run was charged to Ryu.