"Playoff Kershaw" has a new narrative.
Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was lights out in his World Series debut last night, striking out 11 batters, walking none, and allowing just three hits in seven innings of work as LA took Game 1 against the Houston Astros by the final of 3-1.
Last night marked the first World Series game played at Dodger Stadium since 1988, and it was a sweltering 103 degrees - hotter than it has ever been at the start of an MLB postseason game, according to ESPN. In fact, it was hotter than the game-time temperatures of the previous two World Series openers combined.
"It was hot tonight, so warming up, it didn't take long to get loose," Kershaw said. "But I tried to get that first inning under my belt. And, fortunately, I got that."
"[The Astros are] a really good hitting team," Kershaw said "They hit a lot of homers and don't strike out. There's little room for error. So it's important for me to establish pitches, be able to throw multiple things for strikes, and thankfully I was able to do that tonight."
Dodgers center fielder, Chris Taylor, gave Kershaw some early insurance in Game 1, homering on the very first pitch thrown by Astros starter Dallas Keuchel.
Chris Taylor starts off the World Series with a bang https://t.co/Rf1LPHsZut— Kent (@RealKentMurphy) October 25, 2017
With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Taylor drew a two out walk off Keuchel which set up their slugger Justin Turner for his fourth home run this post-season, which is all the Dodgers needed to secure a victory in Game 1.
Justin Turner, you have a game-winning home run in the World Series. pic.twitter.com/8bY6dOSbpc— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 25, 2017
The Dodgers and Astros will return to Dodger Stadium tonight for Game 2. Left hander Rich Hill will take the mound for the Dodgers while Justin Verlander takes the bump for the Astros.
Check out some of the reactions around twitter to Game 1 of the World Series.
Most strikeouts in a Game 1 since 1968.— ESPN (@espn) October 25, 2017
"Playoff Kershaw" has a new narrative. pic.twitter.com/yxc6DMKetc
Clayton Kershaw, Filthy 3 Pitch Sequence (74mph Curve, 89mph Slider, 74mph Curve, all looking). 👑 pic.twitter.com/3JHb1uYun8— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 25, 2017
11 strikeouts for a Kershaw. 83 pitches. I'd say that was the game he's waited his whole life to pitch.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) October 25, 2017
Clayton Kershaw, Legendary 75mph Curveball movement. 👑 pic.twitter.com/0g2d0fye80— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 25, 2017
Joe Buck is going to go to every Mets fan's house and remind them personally that Justin Turner used to be on the Mets.— Jon Tayler (@JATayler) October 25, 2017
So great that Justin Turner can come hit home runs for the Dodgers when he’s not defending the wall on Game Of Thrones pic.twitter.com/wKKPkGDxJ3— Brad Williams (@funnybrad) October 25, 2017
DODGERS TAKE GAME 1 OF THE WORLD SERIES!!!— 🚢Titanic Baseball⚾️ (@TitanicBaseball) October 25, 2017
JUSTIN TURNER'S GO AHEAD 2R HR IS EVEN BETTER WITH TITANIC MUSIC!!! WHAT A RUN FOR HIM!!!
Justin Turner said Sandy Koufax told him this today: "162 is work. Once you get to the playoffs, it's fun."— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) October 25, 2017
Justin Turner: 8 1/2 Years Apart pic.twitter.com/5BZg27Xrj8— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 25, 2017