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Dodgers top Astros in World Series Opener

Luke Seaback, Mike Greene, Brandon Torres

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Last night, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros 3-1 in a pitcher’s duel. Both teams threw their left-handed aces as former Cy Young winners Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel battled it out for seven innings.

The Dodgers and Astros are both undefeated at home in this postseason, and home-field will be a factor in this star-studded World Series. CF Chris Taylor hit a lead home run on the first pitch from Keuchel becoming the 4th player in MLB history to hit a lead off home run in Game 1 of the World Series. The Astros answered back in the fourth inning,when third baseman Alex Bregman,hit a solo shot to left field off Kershaw. It was Bregman and Taylor’s third home run each of the 2017 Postseason as both young players have blossomed this year into stars.

The game changed, however, when Dodger’s superstar Justin Turner launched a two-run home run off Keuchel in the bottom of the sixth inning. Turner continued to add to his playoff legend with his sixth career postseason home run, and he’s hitting .371 in these playoffs. The Dodgers turned to the bullpen for the last two innings as Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen closed the door. The Dodgers bullpen has been unhittable this postseason, and they have the clear the advantage over the Astros in that area.

Game 2 is tonight at Dodger Stadium, and it will be another pitcher’s duel between Astros postseason hero Justin Verlander and Dodger’s Rich Hill. This will be the last game in Los Angeles before the series moves to Houston for Game 3 Friday night.

 

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