3 takeaways from NLDS Game 2

LEADING OFF Brewers go bullpen Dodgers send out Ryu

Friday's setback, a 3-0 loss to the Dodgers, wasn't a total surprise, since Los Angeles had three-time NL Cy Young victor Clayton Kershaw on the mound.

Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers speaks at a press conference following a 6-0 win over the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on October 4, 2018. Kershaw also walked three batters and despite the good run support he received, it was a struggle.

The Braves won the NL East with a 90-72 record, advancing to the postseason for the first time since 2013. "Those guys were as calm as can be in there".

They were due to host Game 2 yesterday.

Game 3 is Sunday night at SunTrust Park, with Kevin Gausman expected to take the mound for the Braves.

In Game 2 of the 2016 NLCS, he threw seven scoreless innings against the eventual World Series champs, allowing only two hits. Walker Buehler went 6.2 innings, striking out three, walking three and allowing just one measly hit in the deciding game for the NL West. Muncy added to the lead in the fifth inning with a 2-run home run which all but sealed the game for them. He gave up the home runs to both Machado and Grandal.

Pederson homered leading off the bottom of the first inning, fouling off the first two pitches from Foltynewicz, then hitting the third an estimated 383 feet over the fence in right-center field. "Muncy and (Justin Turner) have some of the best eyes I have ever played with, and it's a quality at-bat nearly every time". That's Machado's second career postseason home run and his first since the 2012 ALDS, when he was a rookie with the Orioles. Kershaw pitched on Saturday, getting a no decision after allowing five runs and eight hits in five innings in a 10-6 victory over the Giants that assured the Dodgers of a post-season berth. He only struck out one hitter (Nick Markakis looking on a attractive curveball to end the first with Acuna standing on third) through seven incredibly efficient innings (73 pitches). The Dodgers led the NL with 235 home runs in the regular season.

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Now the Braves get to face ace Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA) in Game 2. Five of his six outs were by strikeout.

"He has a feel for everything and when his curveball's on, it's going to be a good night for him", Culberson said. All you have to do is stroll through social media and every time Kershaw gets mentioned for pitching a good game, the doubters quickly tarnish his performance with negative comments relating to his past playoff experiences. The best part is it all took place on the youngster's birthday. "My off-speed was not there at all".

Hernandez hit a solo shot with two outs in the sixth off Brad Brach.

The past two National League Division series have been unkind to Kershaw.

Dodgers rookie left-hander Caleb Ferguson pitched a flawless eighth, striking out two.

Atlanta Braves' Charlie Culberson fields a ball at shortstop during a baseball workout, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Atlanta. The 34-year-old signed with the Braves during spring training, five days after being released by the Minnesota Twins.

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