The two-hour, 28-minute game — the quickest in Fall Classic history since Game 4 of the 1992 Series (2:21) — gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in this best-of-seven World Series presented by YouTube TV, with Game 2 here on Wednesday night. The winner of Game 1 has gone on to win 25 of the past 29 World Series, and 62.5 percent of the series overall.
Turner’s sixth-inning home run — hit using a lighter bat than he used his first two plate appearances — followed a two-out walk to Chris Taylor, who opened the bottom of the first by launching Keuchel’s first pitch 447 feet for his third postseason homer.
‘I think CT is the hero,’ Turner said of his fellow co-MVP of the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World. ‘He got us on the board early. He drew the two-out walk, stayed in the zone and gave me the opportunity. That’s what he’s been doing for us all year long. He’s the spark plug at the top of the lineup, and when he goes, we go.’
‘Taylor hit a first-pitch four-seamer out of the yard, kind of hit us in the jaw,’ Keuchel said. ‘We recovered nicely. I knew we would scratch a run, maybe two, off of Kershaw, but he was as good as advertised. It was one pitch away from being 1-1 going into the seventh. We’re trying to win one of two here, so hopefully we’ll come out tomorrow and get a win.’
In this postseason, Turner has bolstered his case as one of the great October producers of his generation with four homers (one shy of Davey Lopes’ club record), a franchise single-season record of 14 RBIs and 26 career postseason RBIs, tying Duke Snider’s franchise record.
‘He’s that guy you want up there in the big moments,’ Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Turner. ‘He doesn’t scare off.’
The Dodgers’ first World Series appearance in 29 years began with a record 103 degrees at first pitch, but the heat didn’t bother Kershaw, who in his World Series debut allowed only three hits and a run on Alex Bregman’s home run leading off the fourth.
‘Tonight was one of those nights I think the first time in a while, where we’ve seen all three of his pitches synced up,’ said Roberts. ‘He just was repeating the delivery, held the velocity. Was throwing the baseball where he needed to, where he wanted to.’