Kershaw shines for Dodgers in Game 5

18 October 2018 18:11:48 UK

The Los Angeles Dodgers are one victory away from heading back to the World Series for the second straight season.

This after the hosts defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium in Southern California.

The victory gives Los Angeles a 3-2 series lead over the Brewers, with the final two contests back at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

The Dodgers are now 10/39 to win the series with the Brewers 31/10.

Leading the way for the Dodgers was ace Clayton Kershaw, as the 30-year old left handed hurler from Dallas, Texas lasted seven innings while allowing one earned run on three hits, conceding two walks and striking out a game high nine batters for the contest.

After a career of struggling in key post-season game Kershaw came through for the Dodgers when they needed him the most.

The Brewers played some trickery to start the contest, as Wade Miley had the start for Milwaukee. The veteran 31-year old thrower from Hammond, Louisiana only faced one batter, as the visitors pulled Miley after he walked the first batter.

This was done to force the Dodgers into a lineup that was better against left-handed pitching before Milwaukee put in projected Game 6 starter Brandon Woodruff, a right handed pitcher.

Woodruff finished the game with 5 1-3 innings pitched while surrendering two earned runs on five hits, allowing one walk and fanning a team high eight batters for the contest. Ultimately the strategy didn't work, but it was fascinating to see.

Miley will have the ball in the win or go home Game 6 for the Brewers with Hyun-Jin Ryu countering for Los Angeles.  

The Dodgers are 23/20 to win the World Series with the Boston Red Sox 20/27.

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