LOS ANGELES, Calif – With the first pitch temperature of 103 degrees, Game 1 of the World Series became the hottest on record dating as far back as 1975. Games in the 2001 Fall Classic reached 90 degrees and above, with Game 1 in Arizona being 90 degrees, and Game 6 at 91 degrees.
The weather had a carry-over effect on the Dodgers bats, as Chris Taylor started things with a lead-off home run to put Los Angeles up 1-0 early on.
Confidence is something Taylor has not lacked. He talked about his approach to hitting a home run. “I didn’t over think it. I was just going up there, trying to get the barrel to the ball, thinking about being aggressive and being ready to hit the first one (pitch). “
Taylor became the 23rd player in World Series history to record a lead-off home run, and fourth to do so in Game 1. The last player to accomplish this was Alcides Escober of the Kansas City Royals in the 2015 series.
He has hit safely in seven of his nine postseason games overall. His three home runs hit this postseason joins teammate Kike Hernandez and Justin Turner with three or more. Davey Lopes holds the franchise record with five during the 1978 Postseason.
Clayton Kershaw was dominating and did not allow a run to Houston until the fourth inning when Alex Bregman drove a pitch over the left field fence for a solo home run, tying the game at 1-1. This was the only mistake made on the night.
Kershaw struck out 11 without allowing a walk over seven dominant innings against an Astros offense that scored more runs and struck out less often than any team in baseball this season. Kershaw talked about his performance tonight. “I think this team is a really good hitting team. They hit a lot of homers and don’t strikeout. There’s little room for error. So it’s important for me to establish pitchers, be able to throw multiple for strikes, and thankful I was able to do that tonight. “
With the Bregman home run, he became the youngest player to homer for an American League team in the World Series since Cleveland’s Manny Rameriez did in Game 4 of the 1995 series. Also became the fourth Astros player to accomplish this joining Mike Lamb (Game on in 2005), Morgan Ensberg (Game 2 in 2005) and Jason Lane (Game 3 in 2005). “I made a few mistakes, obviously Bregman got me,” said Kershaw on giving up the home run.
After being quieted by Dallas Keuchel since the game’s first pitch, Justin Turner gave the fans at Dodger Stadium reason to stand up and scream with a sixth-inning blast to give Los Angeles the lead again.
Turner talked about the run he is on this postseason. “I’ve been pretty lucky. I didn’t know if it was going to be a home run or not. I knew I back spun it pretty good. I knew I hit it really high. I knew it was about 98 degrees. So when it’s that’s hot here, the ball does travel a lot better. If it’s about 10 degrees cooler, that’s probably a routine fly ball to left.”
For Turner, this was fourth home run during the 2017 postseason and his 14 RBI are a single-season record. His 26 Postseason RBI’s tie Duke Snider’s Franchise record. Manager Dave Roberts talked about how special Turner is. “You look at his career and this guy. I mean, all-time records for RBI-I mean, I know that I’ve seen things and just watching from the other side. He just comes up with big hits not only in the regular season but the postseason, especially.”
Next up is Game two of the World Series with Rich Hill going for the Dodgers and Justin Verlander form the Astros. First pitch is scheduled for 5:11 pm PST.