Manny Machado was Dodgers bright spot in NLCS Game 1 loss

Manny Machado picked up where he left off in the Los Angeles Dodgers NLDS-clinching win, smashing a solo home run to start Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Dodgers went on to lose the game 6-5.

The Dodgers shortstop went deep against Brewers starter Gio Gonzalez, roping a 2-0 change up into the Brewers bullpen leading off the second inning.

It’s already Machado’s third home run this postseason. He went deep in Games 2 and 4 of the NLDS, with his three-run blast in Game 4 serving as the dagger.

Manny Machado opened the scoring for the Dodgers in NLCS Game 1 with a homer. (AP)
Manny Machado opened the scoring for the Dodgers in NLCS Game 1 with a homer. (AP)

Overall, Machado hasn’t been hitting great in October. He was 1-for-4 in the Dodgers Game 163 win against the Colorado Rockies, and hit just .176 during the NLDS. However, his first five postseason hits have all driven in runs. That includes his two-run single in the eighth-inning in NLCS Game 1.

The power and run production are big reasons the Dodgers acquired Machado from the Baltimore Orioles prior to the trade deadline. Even if he proves to be a three-month rental, he’s been a productive one when it’s mattered most.

Machado’s home run silenced Miller Park and clearly had at least one Brewers fan on social media rattled. That being the infamous Kato Kaelin.

Kaelin is known for sharing his passionate Brewers thoughts on Twitter.

The homer may have also contributed to an early exit for Gio Gonzalez. The Brewers have referred to their starting pitchers as “out getters” during the postseason, meaning they wouldn’t hesitate going to the bullpen at the smallest sign of trouble. The home run was the only hit Gonzalez allowed through two innings.

Machado was clearly one of the Dodgers few bright spots in the game. Now he’ll need some help if the Dodgers intend to win Game 2.

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