The Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to the National League Divisional Series on Thursday after sweeping the Milwaukee Brewers in the best-of-three wild card round.
The Dodgers were paced by left-hander Clayton Kershaw, the way they have been countless times over his big-league career. He delivered a vintage performance: tying his postseason career-high with eight innings pitched, and setting a personal record with 13 strikeouts.
Kershaw's opposite, Brandon Woodruff, put together the makings of a good start as well. Things came off the rails for Woodruff during the fifth inning, however, as he allowed three runs to score. The first blow was delivered by catcher Austin Barnes, to make it 1-0. Mookie Betts then doubled in a pair to give the Dodgers an insurmountable 3-0 lead.
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