No fatigue factor for Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw against Cubs

When Dodgers manager Dave Roberts visited Clayton Kershaw on the mound with a runner on base and two out in the seventh inning Sunday night at Wrigley Field, he had every intention of pulling his ace.

The look in Kershaw’s eye prompted Roberts to keep him in to face Javier Baez with the lead on the line in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.

“He said, ‘We can get this guy, I can get this guy,'” Roberts recounted. “And at that point in time, that’s all I needed to hear.”

Kershaw recorded the final out to escape with seven scoreless innings in the Dodgers’ 1-0 victory over the Cubs, but it was much closer than he would have liked.

Kershaw watched anxiously with his hands on his knees as Baez launched a fly ball to the warning track and into center fielder Joc Pederson’s glove, then walked off the field grinning with relief on the way to his fourth career postseason victory.

“I thought it was out, for sure,” Kershaw said. “He hit it pretty good. … I kind of talked my way into it. I really wanted to. (Roberts) was probably not going to trust me again after that, but fortunately he hit it at somebody, so it was good.”

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