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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The high-five at the plate from Brandon Woodruff nearly took out Lorenzo Cain.It’s not often that reliever hits a home run.Batting left-handed. Off lefty Clayton Kershaw. In the playoffs.Woodruff stunned the ace with an early home run and Milwaukee’s normally shutdown bullpen held on — barely — as the Brewers beat the sloppy Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 Friday night in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series.Hard-throwing Josh Hader and the Brewers earned their 12th straight win Adam Jones Jersey , one shy of the franchise record set to open the 1987 season.Woodruff, of all people, had the momentum-swinging hit.“It’s something obviously coming into the day, you don’t know in your wildest dreams that’s going to happen,” he said.It was the first time in postseason history that a pitcher homered in a lefty vs. lefty matchup. Woodruff was understandably was pumped as he rounded the bases.“He was fired up when he came home. He nearly broke my arm,” Cain said.The Dodgers scored three times in the eighth to make it 6-4, then nearly tied it in the ninth. Chris Taylor hit an RBI triple off Cain’s glove in deep center field with two outs before Corey Knebel fanned Justin Turner to end it.Game 2 is Saturday at Miller Park, with Wade Miley pitching for the Brewers against Hyun-Jin Ryu.The Dodgers did some damage against the Brewers’ bullpen. Milwaukee used seven pitchers, including three scoreless innings from Hader. Woodruff threw two perfect innings and got the win.“But for us to get a look at these guys out of the ‘pen in a seven-game series, I think that’s a good thing,” manager Dave Roberts said.Manny Machado homered and drove in three runs for Los Angeles. The Dodgers committed four errors, including two by catcher Yasmani Grandal, who also had two passed balls.NERVOUS MOMENTSMilwaukee manager Craig Counsell’s pitching-by-committee strategy continued to be a hit, at least until the late innings.Finally, the hard-throwing Knebel restored order by striking out Turner. Knebel walked Joc Pederson with two outs before Taylor’s long drive.“It’s the postseason and anything can happen, you saw right there. It was a good feeling for it to go our way right there at the end,” Knebel said.STUNNING HOMERAfter starter Gio Gonzalez went two innings http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-manny-machado-jersey , nicked by Machado’s home run, Woodruff entered in the top of the third. In the bottom half, Woodruff made a sudden impact — with his bat.Woodruff became just the third relief pitcher to homer in the postseason, tagging a three-time NL Cy Young Award winner for a tying solo drive. Woodruff pumped both arms as he rounded first base, while Kershaw turned away and looked down at the ground.“I knew he could swing the bat a little bit, for sure,” Kershaw said. “I didn’t know he could do that, but I knew he could hit a little bit.”Woodruff was a career 4 for 22 (.222) hitter before connecting. He had one previous homer, in July against Pittsburgh’s Nick Kingham.DODGER BLUESKershaw was chased before he could retire a batter in the fourth inning.It was another miserable October night for the lefty, whose regular-season brilliance has often disappeared in the postseason.And it wasn’t even Christian Yelich and the Brewers’ stars who got to him. Hernan Perez hit a sacrifice fly later in the third, and pinch-hitter Domingo Santana had a two-run single in the fourth for a 4-1 lead that chased Kershaw from the mound with nobody out.It was the shortest postseason start of Kershaw’s career. He had a 4.65 ERA in 10 career appearances, including seven starts, going into Friday.That ERA went up after allowing six hits and five runs — four earned — in three-plus innings.“The errors affected the game. But as far as Clayton, I just think it was poor execution,” Roberts said.Jesus Aguilar added a solo home run in the seventh for the Brewers, his second of the postseason. Cain went 3 for 5 and scored a run.BURGER TIMEEat up, Milwaukee.This late-season run earned Brewers fans a free burger at an area restaurant chain.George Webb Restaurants has a long-standing promotion to give away a free burger whenever the Brewers win 12 straight.It’s time to dine after a dozen.Save the date: October 18 Chris Davis Jersey , George Webb announced after the game . Save one for reliever Jeremy Jeffress, too.“Honestly, as long as you put some mayo on it I’m good with it,” he said.George Webb also paid up in 1987.UP NEXTIt’s another all left-handed pitching matchup in Game 2. Ryu pitched seven shutout innings, striking out seven and allowing for hits, in the Dodgers’ Game 1 victory over the Braves in the Division Series. Ryu is 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA in four career postseason starts. Miley is making his second start of the postseason, going 4 2/3 innings in the Brewers’ Division Series-clinching victory over Colorado on Sunday. He is 4-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 15 career games against the Dodgers. Bob Levey/Getty ImagesTeams don't reach the World Series by accident.The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers worked hard to build deep and talented rosters, and while both clubs enjoyed tremendous success in 2018, they can't simply rest on their laurels.Both teams have multiple areas to address this offseason, including some high-profile free agents from their own rosters.Ahead is an overview of what to expect from both World Series participants this offseason, including any relevant rumors that have surfaced.Los Angeles DodgersClayton KershawSean M. Haffey/Getty ImagesThe Dodgers will find out by midnight ET Wednesday whether ace Clayton Kershaw is opting out of the final two years and $65 million of his current contract.That decision will obviously have a sweeping impact on their offseason approach.If he opts in, starting pitching doesn't look like an area of need.Walker Buehler and Rich Hill are locked into rotation spots behind him, while Alex Wood, Ross Stripling, Kenta Maeda and Julio Urias are all options to move into full-time starting gigs.However, if he does opt out and tests the market, they could turn their attention to someone like Patrick Corbin or Dallas Keuchel to fill a spot on the staff. Re-signing Hyun-Jin Ryu would also be up for consideration.Filling out the middle relief corps will also be a priority after the team had trouble at times bridging the gap to closer Kenley Jansen.Ryan Madson is a free agent after filling a crucial role in the postseason http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-brooks-robinson-jersey , and the team could make a run at a number of different setup options.Adding a lefty setup option like Zach Britton or Andrew Miller would add some balance to the relief corps, while Adam Ottavino could be an appealing second-tier option who found plenty of success in the NL West this past season while pitching with the Colorado Rockies.Manny MachadoSean M. Haffey/Getty ImagesOn the position-player side of things, a long-term relationship with rental slugger Manny Machado is unlikely with Corey Seager expected to be back next season. Chris Taylor is capable of handling the position early on if Seager isn't ready for Opening Day.However, second base could be addressed with deadline addition Brian Dozier headed for free agency and Chase Utley set to retire. Kike Hernandez is an option there, but he's more valuable in a super-utility role. Max Muncy also saw time at second base, but he could move into more of a regular role at first base if Cody Bellinger moves to center field full time.It's all speculation at this point. More concrete rumors will start to swirl once free agency officially begins and the Dodgers start kicking the tires on guys, but for now, this gives you an idea of what areas they might address.Boston Red SoxCraig KimbrelSean M. Haffey/Getty ImagesThe Red Sox have some big decisions to make this offseason, starting with their own free agents.Closer Craig Kimbrel and postseason heroes Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce are all set to hit the open market.Kimbrel, 30, has served as Boston's closer for the past three seasons, converting 108 of 119 save chances with a 2.44 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 14.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 187 appearances.If the Red Sox decide to let him walk, Matt Barnes could be an in-house option to take over the job.The 28-year-old racked up 25 holds pitching in a setup role this season, posting a 3.65 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and a career-high 14.0 K/9 in 62 appearances.Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston wrote: "Barnes took a remarkable step forward in 2018, with his average fastball nearly a full 2 mph more than it was a year ago Cal Ripken Jersey , from roughly 95 to 97."Otherwise, guys like Zach Britton, Kelvin Herrera, Cody Allen, Adam Ottavino and David Robertson are among the alternatives on the free-agent market.Eovaldi looks like a more likely candidate to be re-signed, as Nick Cafardo of theBoston Globewrote:"Most executives think a comparable isAlex Cobb, who also came back from Tommy John and landed a four-year, $57 million deal with Baltimore last offseason. Eovaldi's pedigree exceeds Cobb's at this point, so his contract should be more lucrative. The Red Sox should be interested in re-signing him, particularly withChris Sale'scurrent physical condition."Harry How/Getty ImagesPearce, 35, hit .304/.400/.559 in 120 plate appearances against left-handed pitching this season and was the perfect platoon partner for Mitch Moreland at first base.The team could also look to add some insurance at second base and another bullpen arm or two, while a starter will also be a priority if Eovaldi is not retained.That might sound like a laundry list of needs, but the Red Sox have an excellent core in place and should be in a great position to defend their title.All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted.

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