Save up to 65 percent on 28 refurbished Apple iPads, Fenty Beauty offers 25 percent off sitewide for Friends and Family Sale, H&M launches Jeans Redesign collection focused on sustainability, Lululemon offers up to 75 percent off apparel, accessories and more. Your Ad Choices His counterpart, Brandon Woodruff, was on a parallel path for most of the game. Roberts doesn't have as much freedom to use Urias and May out of the bullpen as he used to, but he hasn't ruled out that possibility. Kershaw, whose start was pushed back from Game 2 because of back spasms, had tossed five innings of one-run ball before failing to record an out in the sixth and eventually being charged with four runs as the Braves took a 3-1 lead in the series. By the end of it, Kershaw’s career playoff ERA had grown to 4.31 ERA with an 11-12 record in 35 games. He insists he is an expert maker of snacks. Tyrone Taylor whiffed on three pitches to start the eighth. Can Roberts afford to continue to mix in Julio Urias and Dustin May as super-relievers? Will Smith homering off Will Smith, Astros rekindle memories of '04 Red Sox in ALCS, 'Dangerous' Seager hits 2 HRs, L.A. stays alive, Braves' Minter K's 7 in 3 innings in starting debut, Ex-Angels employee indicted in Skaggs' OD death, MLB players extend COVID-free streak to 47 days, Braves rookie outduels Kershaw as L.A. on brink, Could the 2020 Astros join the 2004 Red Sox on Saturday? Just hours before Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to take the mound in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced the left-hander won't make his start because of back spasms and rookie Tony Gonsolin will take his place. Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Your California Privacy Rights By the end of it, Kershaw’s career playoff ERA had grown to 4.31 ERA with an 11-12 record in 35 games. Despite the performance in the ninth inning on Monday, the Dodgers do have a good and deep bullpen. In innings four through eight he reached a disquieting level of supremacy over the professional batsmen pitted against him, striking out ten, allowing one hit, one walk–and picking off the player he walked, as if Luis Urías’ presence on first base offended him. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Kershaw still doesn't have one despite the club record in playoff starts (28) and innings (177 1/3). Was May to be a permanent part of the pen in this series? “I just thought Kershaw was throwing the baseball really well, and there was no reason,” Roberts told reporters when asked about not going to his bullpen earlier. Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout after leaving the game during the sixth inning in Game 4 of a baseball National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. All Rights Reserved. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Gang's All Here: A NY Jets Podcast What does the injury mean for Kershaw, the Dodgers and the rest of the 2020 MLB playoffs? © 2020 ABG-SI LLC. That pitch, and its rediscovered depth, usually returned later in the at bat to finish hitters off. Thursday night’s gem could be the equivalent of an early-breaking slider–Kershaw has fallen off such playoff cliffs before–but the initial signs, at least, suggest that this delivery could run deep indeed. But that was a shorter series. Gonsolin completed at least six innings in four of his eight starts, and the Dodgers will need something similar in Game 2, the second of as many as seven games in seven days. Was he going to pitch in Game 1 and then be the Game 5 starter? It’s now up to the left-handers teammates to give Kershaw another chance to change the conversation about his postseason track record. The last time we saw the Dodgers try it with Kershaw was when he went in Game 1 of the 2018 World Series against the Red Sox, three days after throwing two innings of relief in the NLCS clincher over Milwaukee.