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NLDS Tied, Clayton Kershaw Dominates The Mets

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Queens, NY- Despite pitching on only three days rest and having a previous record of 1-6 in postseason contests, Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw handled the Mets batters with virtually no difficulty.

The left-hander lived up to the high words of praise uttered by Mets manager Terry Collins, who worked with Kershaw early in the latter’s career, prior to Tuesday night’s game, “He was bound and determined to be the best in the game from the start. He took every challenge that was in front of him and met it and exceeded it. He zoomed through the minor leagues and now he’s the best pitcher in the game…he is a special, special guy with special talent. It’s fun to see him out there. I don’t relish facing him, but it’s fun to see him out there.”

The 27 year old did not give up as hit until one out in the fourth frame when Daniel Murphy took a 0-1 pitch into the seats in right. Strangely, it was Murphy’s second homer off him in the postseason after only hitting one home run in 126 at bats against lefties during the regular season.

After the four bagger by Murphy, Kershaw only allowed two singles, the first by Juan Lagares in the fifth and the other an infield hit by Yoenis Cespedes in the seventh. Kershaw completed his seven inning stint by only yielding the three hits and one walk while fanning eight batters.

Collins was no less impressed by the dodger starter after the game ended, “He’s really good. We played a pretty good ballgame. You’re facing a pitcher when he’s right, they just don’t get a lot of hits and he was right.”

Kershaw’s manager, Don Mattingly, also praised Kershaw as an outstanding hurler and a superior human being on Tuesday, “This kid is tremendous. Everything you’re supposed to be, he is…The guy’s an animal, the way he works, represents us, the game of baseball, himself. I mean, he’s really a credit to the game, and so you’re really happy for him to be able to do that tonight.”

With the series tied at two each, the teams will travel to Los Angeles for the final game on Thursday. Kershaw will not pitch on that day, but two great hurlers, Zach Greinke and Jacob deGrom will start in the series finale.

About Howard Goldin

Howard Goldin is a 72-year-old Bronx native whose passion for sports is evidenced by his 15 years of sports writing with Latino Sports. A former English instructor at Monroe College, his love for sports started with baseball and have expanded since. If there's a sport or a community event, Howard will be in attendance covering it.

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