CHICAGO, IL—The Los Angeles Dodgers won Game 2 of the National League Championship series 1-0, on Sunday, October 16.
The Dodgers evened the series after losing Game 1 in Chicago and giving up a grand slam in the eighth inning. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw provided the lift necessary to even the series, pitching seven scoreless innings. Kershaw retired his first 14 batters and allowed just two singles throughout. The three-time National League Cy Yung Award winner described his nerves after such a pivotal game.
“It was one of those games where one pitch could have been the deciding factor. So, really [I] just kind of couldn’t look up for a minute of air and just kind of kept going through it and [we’re] fortunate to get through it tonight,” said Kershaw.
The Dodgers took the lead in the second inning after an Adrian Gonzalez homer put them up 1-0. Gonzalez became the seventh player in MLB history to hit a home run in at least six consecutive playoff series. Los Angeles closer Kenley Janson finished the game off for the Dodgers, protecting their lead while dismissing all batters. Pitcher Julio Urias, 20, is set to start for Los Angeles in their next match up.
Game 3 of the NLCS is on Tuesday, October 18 at Dodger Stadium.