His left arm rescued the Dodgers from the brink of elimination in a National League division series. And in Game 2 of the N.L. Championship Series against Chicago, Kershaw delivered his best postseason start, evening the best-of-seven series at a game apiece.
“What he’s given us in October is really something special,” Roberts said.
Kershaw spun seven scoreless innings against the Cubs. He has thrown 19 ⅓ innings over the past 10 days in four appearances in two playoff series. He fired 84 pitches on Sunday. He retired the first 14 batters he faced. He allowed only three base runners. He dominated.
“He gave us everything he had, and we needed everything he had,” Pederson said.
But in a tense game that featured only one run, thanks to Adrian Gonzalez’s homer in the second inning, a small mistake could have tied the game.
The Dodgers, however, survived. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, another hero of the previous round, recorded a six-out save with ease, jetting 95-mile-per-hour fastballs that cut past the Cubs’ bats. The Dodgers’ pitching duo had no match.