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Game 1 of the NLCS did not go the way Los Angeles scripted it.

MLB: NLCS-Los Angeles Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles 5, Milwaukee 6

The Dodgers sent Clayton Kershaw to the mound to start the NLCS in Milwaukee. Then Manny Machado led off the second inning with a solo home run to start the scoring. Things appeared to be going the way the Dodgers had scripted the game. Bu then the wheels fell off for Los Angeles. The Brewers scored two in the third inning, including a home run by relief pitcher, Bob Woodruff off of Kershaw. They kept their foot on the gas and scored three more in the fourth inning. Not willing to coast through the rest of the game, they tacked on what turned out to be a crucial insurance run in the seventh. Using James Hader for three innings of middle relief, the Brewers kept the Dodgers off the board for five innings before the Dodgers found their lumber again in the eighth and scored three. Corey Knebel came on in relief of closer Jeremy Jeffress in the ninth and managed to stop the bleeding that appeared there as well, closing the door on the Dodgers and giving the Brewers the game 1 victory.

With the Dodger bullpen getting beat around, Manny Pina taking a Manny Machado backswing to the face, and Lorenzo Cain flying into the OF wall on a missed catch attempt, one has to wonder just how much more can be left on the field when the two teams face off again this afternoon.

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