For as much as the Los Angeles Dodgers struggled to hit left-handed pitching this season, they strung together quality at-bats against Chicago Cubs ace Jon Lester in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series However, the Dodgers had little to nothing to show for it.
Corey Seager singled in the first inning, Adrian Gonzalez and Kenta Maeda did so in the second, but Gonzalez was thrown out at home plate on Maeda’s base hit to left.
Any momentum the Dodgers generated was quickly erased as Miguel Montero hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth, and Dexter Fowler followed with a solo home run.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts drew criticism over the sequencing and decisions that led to Montero’s go-ahead blast.
Clayton Kershaw takes the mound on Sunday in Game 2, with an opportunity to force a tie in the NLCS and lock in three games at Dodger Stadium.