Friday’s National League Division Series opener between the Dodgers and Nationalswasn’t exactly the dynamic pitchers’ duel many were hoping to see.Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and Nationals No. 1 starterMax Scherzer both struggled in LA’s 4-3victory at Edinson Volquez Jersey Nationals Park.MORE: Top 50 players in the playoffsKershaw allowed three runsin five inningsand was pulled after throwing 101 pitchers (65 strikes).He did strike out seven batters, but he had to pitch out of jams multiple times after allowing eight hits and a walk.Scherzer had thrown 91 pitches (60 for strikes)beforeWilmer Difo pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the sixth inning. Scherzer gave up a solo home run to Dodgers rookie Corey Seager in the first inning and surrendered a two-run blast to Justin Turnerin the top of the third. Scherzer struck out five without a walk, but thetwo long balls hurt.MORE: Seager makes Dodgers history with homerDodgersrelieversbailed out Kershaw;Kenley Jansen closed out the victory with a five-outsave.Three takeaways from the Dodgers’ Game 1win:1. Kershaw’s postseason struggles continue. He’s asix-time All-Star, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and the 2014 NLMVP, but he has inexplicably struggled beyond the regular season. Kershaw had won his last eight starts against the Nationals with an ERA of 0.88. Even with Friday’s win, Kershawis now just 3-6 in the postseason.MORE: SN’s LA-Washington Game Center2.Dusty Baker goesall in. After trailing 4-0 early, theNationals got back into the game thanks to Anthony Rendon’s two-run single in the bottom of the third. Rendon’s hit came after Bakermade a gutsy decision for a double steal with Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth against Kershaw, who had allowedjust one stolen base all season. The postseason isn’t a time to be overly cautious and heis willing to pull out all the stops to get his first championship as a manager.3 Bartolo Colon Jersey . The Dodgers’ bullpen can go deep.After Kershaw was pulled, LA manager Dave Robertsused four pitchers to preserve the win. Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton and Pedro Baez kept the Nats scorele s before Jansen finished it. Jansen, who batted for himself in the top of the ninth, was perfect in the bottom of the inning and struck out Werth for the final out.HighlightTurner’s two-run homer in the third was just out ofWerth’s Darwin Barney Jersey reach over the left-field wall.Justin Turner pic.twitter.com/8nhsxwCORY Brent Johnson (@Bj1Brent) October 7, 2016What’s nextNLDS Game 2:Dodgers at Nationals, 4 p.m. ET Saturday, FS1The Dodgers will have Rich Hill (12-5, 2.12 ERA) on the mound in his postseason debut. He has shined in his six starts with a 1.83 ERAsince being acquired from the A’s.The Nationals will counter with Tanner Roark (16-10, 2.83), who took the lo s in a 3-2 Dodgers win on June 21.
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