Clayton Kershaw vs Dallas Keuchel promised to be a fantastic match-up and absolutely did not disappoint. I spoke to my mother before the game and I asked her if she was excited for the game and she said she maybe was going to leave it on in the background, muted because she couldn’t stand to listen to Joe Buck (Not that I can blame her on the last part). I told her she absolutely MUST watch the game. This was her one big chance to watch the best pitcher in MLB by a mile. While there is a lot of good pitchers in the league, there is only one that’s truly historic. I said that much like how Mike Trout is still overlooked because he plays when most of the country is asleep and ESPN can’t seem to travel west of Chicago, if Clayton Kershaw played for the Yankees or the Red Sox, you wouldn’t even know who Aaron Judge was. (Also, why the fuck on day 1 of the World Series am I still seeing stories about Aaron Judge? Move on people!)
Clayton thankfully did not make me look foolish, but that’s only because I did not have to stand in the box against him. Kershaw went 7 innings, struck out 11 and threw just 83 fucking pitches. 57 of those for strikes. It was a performance that could only be described as masterful and beautiful and everything that makes me love the game. Here is the best pitcher making the best offense in the game look absolutely foolish.
Kershaw would have made history if not for one mistake pitch that was left a little up and a little over the middle to Alex Bregman in the 4th who deposited the ball over the left field bleachers. That homerun tied the ballgame, and proved to be the last time the Astros even thought about touching home plate or pretty much any other bag for the rest of the night.
Two innings later, Justin Turner with his masterful beard, stepped to the plate on a 103 degree night and put the Dodgers up ahead for good with a blast that made LA look like a baseball town, even if for just one night.
After the game, I received a text from my mother thanking me for encouraging her to watch the game. She agreed that Kershaw was the best she’s seen in ages. (For her sake, I’m not going to provide you with the names she was throwing out there, but trust me, it’s an impressive list.) I was incredibly thrilled she enjoyed the game as much as I did, as I hope you did. Even if you are an Astros fan, and the game didn’t go the way you wanted it to, you have to admit it was one hell of a performance. It’s a shame that Keuchel had to take the loss, as he pitched rather well, but when you go up against Kershaw, you quite simply have to take it to another level. Tonight’s game two will feature Justin Verlander facing off against Rich Hill and promises to be equally as entertaining. Personally I really hope Houston takes this one. I got the match-up I had hoped for when the playoffs started and I’d really, really love to see this one go the full 7 games.