NLCS Game 2: Kershaw, Jansen Blank Cubs To Tie Series
- Updated: October 17, 2016
Rest? Who needs rest? Not Clayton Kershaw that’s for sure. Kershaw and the Dodgers shutout the Chicago Cubs in game two of the National League Championship Series, now knotted at 1-1. Kershaw, who just pitched three days ago in relief, started for Los Angeles and baffled the Cubs all night long.
One of the leagues most potent offenses all season, was quieted by the Dodgers lefty on Sunday night. The Cubs were only able to muster two hits all night long which didn’t come until the fifth inning. Kershaw was sitting down Chicago’s hitters in order up until then. Javier Baez and Willson Contreras collected the hits for the Cubs with two outs, but a Jasyon Heyward pop out would end any threat to the Dodgers the rest of the way.
When it was all said and done, Kershaw went seven innings giving up just those two hits in the fifth, walking just one and striking out six.
The guy on the other side of the diamond was no slouch either. Kyle Hendricks started for the Cubs and was just as good with the exception of an early mistake. Hendricks served up a lead-off home run in the second inning to the Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez. It was the only run of the game and the only one that was needed. Hendricks went 5.1 innings allowing the home run and walking four. He would add five strikeouts of his own.
Dodger’s skipper Dave Roberts called on his big closer in the eighth to nail down the game for the Los Angeles. Kenley Jansen came in for Kershaw and did what he has done since making it to the big leagues. His two-inning relief appearance with four strikeout sent the Dodgers back to the city of angels with the series tied.
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