Kiss: We face a challenge

first_img Brian O’Driscoll sat out part of Ireland’s team run at the Aviva Stadium in their final session before Saturday’s opening autumn international against Samoa. Specialist defensive coach Kiss confirmed O’Driscoll is fully fit to start though, and only sat out as part of a workload agreed with head coach Joe Schmidt. Cian Healy, new full-time captain Paul O’Connell and muscular flanker Sean O’Brien all lie in wait on Ireland’s bench to be unleashed in the second half against the Pacific Islands nation. Experienced 50-cap scrum-half Eoin Reddan and accomplished Leinster out-half Ian Madigan are also named among the replacements. New boss Schmidt is renowned for stacking his benches to unleash a bevy of second-half talent and change the complexion of a match if required. Kiss admitted the new Ireland chief will transfer that Leinster tactic to the national job – but said those assets will be useless without big impact from the starting XV. He explained: “You can look at that bench and say there’s a fair bit of strike power there. But that’s for later in the game. “We’ve got to make sure we start the game well and put ourselves in a strong position. “If we don’t do that then the bench won’t be important and won’t be able to make any impact at all. “They are a lethal unit if they get going, so we’ve been making sure our guys have their heads in the right place for this game. “When you haven’t got the ball against this team, the minute you switch off or decide to take a rest, you’ll be found out in one aspect or another. “They’ve got some big powerful forwards who can go through the middle, or work around the edges of the ruck. “Tusi Pisi is a real handful at fly-half if you give him space to work, and Johnny Leota and Pisi have built a great combination in midfield there. “Their running lines and the way they can carry and damage a defensive line are things we need to be aware of, and they have a lot of speed. “But they don’t mind kicking the ball either, in varying situations, to challenge your back field. “It really is a challenge across the park, so defensively we’ve got to have our hats on. “They can hurt you at any time, and it really is a challenge against this side. “I think in the last five Tests they have averaged three tries a Test, and that’s against good teams, beating Wales amongst that, beating Scotland and Italy. “So they will be very confident about where they are.” Ireland’s replacements bench heavy artillery will be useless unless the starting line-out subdue potent Samoa, warns assistant coach Les Kiss. Press Associationlast_img read more

SPOTY contenders announced

first_img The winner of the award will be announced at the culmination of the live show on December 14 at the Hydro Arena in Glasgow, following a public vote. But Scottish fans will have no local favourite to support after last year’s winner Andy Murray was left off the final contenders following a year in which he failed to add to his two career grand slam titles. Gareth Bale is the only footballer to make the cut after an impressive first season with Real Madrid, while boxer Carl Froch also earns a place after his conclusive Wembley rematch win over George Groves. Olympic and World Cup skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold is joined by skiers Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans, who were crowned Great Britain’s first Winter Paralympic champions when they won the women’s visually-impaired Super G in Sochi in March. Charlotte Dujardin, who picked up two dressage world titles this year, and Jo Pavey, whose 10,000m gold in Zurich made her the oldest female European champion in history at the age of 40 and 325 days, take the total list of female contenders to four. The list is completed by gymnast Max Whitlock, who won world, European and Commonwealth medals in 2014, and swimmer Adam Peaty, who won four European titles and two Commonwealth Games golds. The shortlist was decided by a panel of former nominees, newspaper sports editors and television sport executives. Press Association McIlroy, who won the final two majors of the year as well as helping Europe retain the Ryder Cup, will bid to become the first golfer to win the prestigious award since Nick Faldo in 1989. But McIlroy could face a stern challenge from Lewis Hamilton, who claimed his second Formula One world title in Abu Dhabi at the weekend and finished second in the voting in both 2007 and 2008. center_img Rory McIlroy is a strong favourite to round off the most successful spell of his career with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award after being confirmed among the 10 shortlisted contenders on Monday. last_img read more

West, Mid and South Senior Hurling champions decided on busy day of local GAA

first_imgDrom & Inch are the Mid Senior Hurling champions- they beat Upperchurch-Drombane by 1-16 to 1-15 in Holycross.Mullinahone are the new South Senior Hurling champions.They deposed Killenaule as the Division’s hurling kingpins, beating them by 2-11 to 2-08.  Éire Óg Anacarty/Donohill have held on to their West Senior Hurling crown, courtesy of a 1-14 to 0-09 win against Clonoulty/Rossmore.  The first game at that venue saw Lattin-Cullen beat Golden-Kilfeacle by 1-14 to 2-10 in the West Intermediate Hurling Final.JK Brackens are the Mid Senior football champions.They needed extra-time, before eventually beating Moyne-Templetuohy by 0-17 to 0-11 in Holycross.And Newport have won the North Intermediate Hurling title- they eased past Ballinahinch by 1-21 to 1-07.In other results from today:-South Tipperary Junior B Football Group 2: Clonmel Commercials 2-04 Cahir 0-12County Junior “A” Hurling Championship: Thurles Sarsfields 3-10 Skeheenarinky 1-18last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw strikes out 11 as Dodgers win World Series opener

first_img Miller: Clayton Kershaw survives 7th inning, Dodgers just hum along Kershaw returned to dominant, overpowering mode, holding the Houston Astros to three hits in seven innings. Justin Turner’s two-run home run in the sixth inning gave him the lead he needed and sent the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory in Game 1 of the World Series.Related Articles “Kersh is the best,” Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager said. “It doesn’t matter what time of year it is. He’s the best. I think he proved that tonight.”This was certainly Kershaw at his best. The game-time temperature was a sizzling 103 degrees (a World Series record) and it was still 91 when the game ended. But it was Kershaw who was most stifling.The Astros’ lineup was historically productive during the regular season, leading the majors in nearly every statistical category – and striking out fewer times than any team in baseball while doing it.But Kershaw struck out 11 of them (one short of his postseason high) without walking a batter. It was the most strikeouts in a World Series game since Randy Johnson struck out 11 Yankees in Game 2 of the 2001 World Series. It was only the second time in World Series history a pitcher had struck out as many as 11 without walking a batter (Don Newcombe did it for the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 1 of the 1949 World Series) and the first time a pitcher has done it while allowing as few as three hits. PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 is welcomed into the dugout by Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 as Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor #3 is congratulated by Joc Pederson #31 and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts #30 after Turner hit a 2 run homer in the 6th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros in game 1 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/24/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 hits a 2 run-homer in the 6th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros in game 1 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/24/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during game one of a World Series baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez singles against the Houston Astros in the second inning of game one of a World Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes singles against the Houston Astros in the third inning of game one of a World Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw takes a moment during the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor leads off the game with a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the first inning of game one of a World Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor leads off the game with a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the first inning of game one of a World Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor leads off the game with a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the first inning of game one of a World Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor leads off the game with a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the first inning of game one of a World Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of game one of a World Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw held the Houston Astros to one run in seven innings, striking out 11. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve walks off the field at the end of the first inning of game one of a World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor high fives manager Dave Roberts (30) after leading off the game with a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the first inning of game one of a World Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor celebrates with teammate Justin Turner (10) after leading off the game with a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the first inning of game one of a World Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor leads off the game with a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the first inning of game one of a World Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning of game one of a World Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)in the xxx inning of game one of a World Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman rounds first base after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning of game one of a World Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman watches his solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning of game one of a World Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve at the end of the first inning of game one of a World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager takes a knee to the head as the Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve turns a double play during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Seager had two hits and tested his back in the field and on the bases in his return to the roster. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner celebrates with Yasiel Puig after his two-run home run in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros during game one of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner celebrates with Chris Taylor in front of Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann after his two-run home run in the sixth inning during game one of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner celebrates with Chris Taylor in front of Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann after his two-run home run in the sixth inning during game one of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the sixth inning off of Houston Astros starter Dallas Keuchel during game one of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodger fans celebrate after Justin Turner’s two-run home run in the sixth inning during game one of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodger fans try and catch Justin Turner’s two-run home run in the sixth inning as the Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez looks on in vain during game one of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw walks off the field between innings during Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw struck out 11 and walked none in seven dominant innings against the Houston Astros. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve questions a called third strike during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw struck out 11 in seven innings. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw gathers himself after giving up a solo home run to the Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman in the fourth inning of game one of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman celebrates his solo home run with Jose Altuve behind Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes in the fourth inning of game one of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning of game one of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate with a runner on first during game one of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Houston Astros’ Dallas Keuchel throws to the plate agains the Los Angeles Dodgers during game one of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodger fans wave their towels before game one of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Kenley Jansen says hello to the fans during player introductions before game one of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner is introduced before game one of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Comedian George Lopez waves a Dodgers flag from atop the dugout before game one of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig kisses coach Turner Ward before game one of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during game one of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Chris Taylor celebrates with Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger after his lead-off home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game one of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Chris Taylor rounds first base past the Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel after his lead-off home run in the first inning during game one of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Fans in left field congratulate Los Angeles Dodgers Enrique Hernandez #14 on catching a bal in foul territory. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros in game 1 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/24/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor #3 hits a home run in the bottom of the first inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros in game 1 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/24/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman #2 flips his bat after a 4th inning solo homer. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros in game 1 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/24/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)A giant flag is unfurled on the field before The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros in game 1 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/24/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Fans cheer for Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor #3 who hit a solo homer on the first pitch of the game. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros in game 1 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/24/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Fans cheer for Kike Hernandez during player introductions. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros in game 1 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/24/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 heads for first base after hitting a 2 run homer in the 6th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros in game 1 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/24/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor #3 thanks Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 for driving him in on a 2-run homer in the 6th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros in game 1 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/24/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor #3 thanks Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 for driving him in on a 2-run homer in the 6th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros in game 1 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/24/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 is welcomed into the dugout by Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 as Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor #3 is congratulated by Joc Pederson #31 and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts #30 after Turner hit a 2 run homer in the 6th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros in game 1 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/24/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 hits a 2 run-homer in the 6th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros in game 1 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/24/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 52Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 hits a 2 run-homer in the 6th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros in game 1 of the World Series. Los Angeles, CA 10/24/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Finally.The World Series returned to Dodger Stadium – and so did Clayton Kershaw.Oh sure, Kershaw had made nine starts since recovering from this year’s back injury. Some of them were pretty good. None of them were great.Until Tuesday night. Astros tip their caps to Clayton Kershaw after 11-strikeout performance Chris Taylor embraces the moment early in Dodgers’ Game 1 victory World Series Game 2: Dodgers vs. Astros, lineups, starting pitchers, TV info Whicker: Underneath the noise, Dodgers’ Corey Seager comes back comfortably center_img Dodgers vs. Astros is a World Series for baseball’s Information Age Photos: Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Houston Astros Game 1 of the 2017 World Series “Tonight was one of those nights – I think the first time in awhile – where we’ve seen all three of his pitches synced up,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He just was repeating the delivery, held the velocity, was throwing the baseball where he needed to, where he wanted to.“This was a special night for Clayton.”It was, as Roberts said, the first one in awhile.In his first nine starts since returning from this year’s back injury, Kershaw had a 3.53 ERA and 1.14 WHIP – good but not … Kershaw.“Close but not all the way there,” Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy acknowledged. “Tonight was the genuine article.”Kershaw’s fastball returned when he recovered from the back injury. But his slider took awhile to return. It regained its lethal bite Tuesday night.“His slider was why. It was his good Kershaw slider,” Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said. “Obviously that’s his pitch. Everybody knows it. It feels good when he’s attacking with his fastball and then putting guys away with his slider.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kershaw rarely strayed from the strike zone. He threw just 15 pitches outside the zone to the first 17 batters he faced, keeping his pitch count down. He threw 10 or fewer in four of his seven innings – and plowed through that seventh inning without any of the assault and battery that has befallen him in previous October sevenths.Fresher than he has been in Octobers past, the only damage the Astros could inflict on Kershaw came in the fourth inning when Alex Bregman led off with a home run.“I don’t see anything different. Clayton is Clayton,” Dodgers outfielder Kike’ Hernandez said. “You guys say he hasn’t been the same but we see the same guy. He’s still Clayton Kershaw. He’s still the best in the game.”Bregman’s homer matched a leadoff home run by Chris Taylor – on the first pitch thrown to a Dodgers batter in a World Series since 1988.Keuchel recovered from that and sailed into the sixth inning. The Dodgers’ postseason strategy of draining the life out of opposing starting pitchers didn’t seem to be working on him. He threw only 54 pitches to get there, getting the Dodgers to hit into three double plays and nine outs on the ground in all.Two more ground outs started the sixth inning but Taylor squeezed a five-pitch walk out of Keuchel. Turner followed and fell behind 1-and-2. The second strike called by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi prompted Turner to step back and lean in close to discuss the strike zone with the umpire. He was not the first to question Cuzzi’s strike zone on the night.“You can’t gripe about it too long or you’re going to be walking back to the dugout,” Turner said.The next pitch was a cut fastball that stayed high in the zone and was hit high into the overheated air, carrying just over the wall in left field for Turner’s fourth home run of this postseason. Only one Dodger in history has hit more home runs in a single postseason – noted slugger Davey Lopes had five in 1978.“I didn’t know if it was going to be a home run or not,” Turner said. “I knew I back-spun it pretty good. I knew I hit it really high. And I knew it was about 98 degrees. When it’s that hot here, the ball does travel a lot better.“If it’s 10 degrees cooler, that’s probably a routine fly ball in left field.”Turner has been among the hottest things going in October. He has reached base in all nine postseason games this fall and has a career postseason average of .363 that ranks with the all-time greats. He has driven in 14 runs this postseason (a Dodgers record) and 26 in his career. That ties Duke Snider for the most postseason RBI in Dodgers history. Dodgers activate Corey Seager and Brandon McCarthy, drop Curtis Granderson and Kyle Farmer last_img read more