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Dodgers World Series: LA Takes Game 1 Behind a Dominant Clayton Kershaw

Highlights from Game 1 of the World Series.



The Dodgers and Rays kicked off Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas. Tampa Bay turned to their young ace in Tyler Glasnow while Los Angeles went with their veteran guy in Clayton Kershaw. 

Kershaw Baffles the Rays

Glasnow had a little bit of a rough time with the Dodgers, so it wasn’t quite the pitching matchup that we were expecting. But Clayton Kershaw was absolutely phenomenal in this one, going 6 innings and allowing 1 run on 2 hits. Kershaw struck out 8 Rays batters and now has 201 career postseason strikeouts

Offense Gets Going 

Even with a sore shoulder, Cody Bellinger got the Dodgers on the board first. He took a Tyler Glasnow fastball to deep right-center to give them a 2-run lead in the 4th inning. 

Mookie Betts had his fingerprints all over this game once again, including this solo shot off of Fleming in the 6th. It was Mookie’s first postseason homerun as a Dodger, and his second-best offensive play of the game. The baserunning that allowed him to sore the inning before was much more impressive.

Dodgers Bullpen Enters Shaky

After Clayton Kershaw left the game, the Dodgers bullpen took a little bit to get going. Dylan Floro came on in the 7th inning and gave up a couple of hits before being pulled. Victor Gonzalez came on and gave up a pair of hits before making this one in a million grab

Pedro Baez came on to pitch the 8th inning and got out of it without any action. The Dodgers went to Joe Kelly in the 9th inning, and he got through it without any traffic to lock down the 8-3 win. 

Up Next for the World Series

The Rays and Dodgers will be right back at it on Wednesday night in Texas. Tampa Bay will throw Blake Snell in Game 2, but Los Angeles has yet to officially name their starter. Julio Urias is a potential option to get the ball as an opener in what could end up being a bullpen day. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Nice game fellas! Great performance by Kershaw……….1 run on 2 hits………he is the Dodgers. I am so tired of the negative Kershaw comments, even people on this site foster it. He can’t be perfect every time he pitches but he’s the best we have ever had. (Sorry Sandy, I was too young to see you pitch).

  2. ………..and before I forget……..Betts and Seager……….what a great one two punch they have become together. You can now make the argument that it is the best 1-2 in baseball. It has been a long time since the Dodgers had a legit lead off hitter. I could not believe Roberts was batting Mookie second when the season started. Now that Dave has Mookie leading off every game this combo has become lethal. Reminds me of when the Dodgers used to play hit and run baseball as part their everyday offensive attack. It’s refreshing to see it come back.

    Dodgers better sign Corey now before that seven million contract expires. Almost every team in baseball will be trying to pry him away if they don’t.

  3. Congratulations on a job well-done, Dodgers! Every game matters, but it is so sweet getting that “W” to start off this World Series. We looked great last night: Kershaw was amazing; and, after that 1st inning, he was completely locked in. Everybody seems ready to do what he needs to in order to get this done. The Rays seemed a bit overwhelmed last night (especially Glasnow); I imagine that as they settle in these games will become more challenging. We will see what Snell brings tonight…regardless, we can do this. GO DODGERS!!!

  4. Boras will probably f*** up the deal for Seager or Bellinger, but I hope Freidman is smart enough to sign both of them and give us three superstars.

  5. Great game by Kershaw. He was a little shakey in the first inning, and dialed in afterwards. It was the deep start the Dodgers needed out the gate.

    I don’t wan’t to see a close, exciting, nail biter WS. I want to see the Dodgers blow the Rays away. So far so good.

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