The Dodgers will have to bounce back quickly from their heartbreaking Game 4 loss. But at least they’ll have ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound when the series resumes Sunday night.
Los Angeles is looking to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Series as it tries for its first championship since 1988.
The 32-year-old Kershaw, who is from nearby Dallas has spent all 13 of his big league seasons with Los Angeles. The left-hander is an eight-time All-Star, three-time NL Cy Young Award winner and the 2014 NL MVP.
“When you’ve been working so long and so hard for one goal and it’s getting closer and closer with each win, it’s harder not to think about the end game and what that might be like,” he said. “But you just have to. … So for me at least, it’s just a constant focus on the next day, the next game, the next pitch. And you just have to remind yourself, you just have to, really discipline yourself to do it.”
Kershaw pitched six innings of one-run ball in the Dodgers’ 8-3 victory in Game 1. He struck out eight and walked one.
“You definitely have to take into consideration what you’ve done against these guys in the past, in Game 1,” he said. “Any time that hitters see you, they get a little bit more of an advantage. … You might have to change a few things up but for the most part, just continue to pitch the way that you pitch.”