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The Los Angeles Dodgers turned to ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 2 of the NLDS hoping he’d help lead the team to a two-game lead in the series. Instead, things got off to a rough start on Friday.

Kershaw opened the game by surrendering a leadoff double to Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner. Even after Adam Eaton gave him a free out on an ugly bunt, Kershaw’s struggles continued with a walk to Anthony Rendon.

The three-time Cy Young recipient then loaded the bases after a fastball drifted too far in and drilled Juan Soto. Washington quickly took advantage of Kershaw’s early struggles with an RBI single to take a 1-0 lead.

While Kershaw managed to escape the inning with the lone run allowed, the 26-pitch inning with four base runners reminded many of Kershaw’s old demons in the postseason.

Matt Johnson
Writer at Sportsnaut. Journalism student at San Diego State University. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection