The Milwaukee Brewers took on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game One of the NLCS and with all the hype surrounding NL MVP front runner, Christian Yelich, fans had forgotten that Lorenzo Cain was still looking for redemption this postseason.
Before the series with Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain was batting .083 (1-12) in the NLDS against the Colorado Rockies. With Cain batting .308 this year, fans were starting to notice that their lead off hitter could not catch a break when he came up to the plate. He was struggling to make solid contact and was only walked two times and struck out three. Going in to Game 1 of the NLCS how would he do?
How Does Cain Perform Against Kershaw?
Normally when batters hear that they will be facing off against the three-time Cy Young Award Winner Clayton Kershaw, the results tend to swing in the favor of the dominant pitcher. Cain in his career against Kershaw has batted .181 (2-11). With Kershaw pitching for the Dodgers in Game One, the odds were not in Cain’s favor.
How Did Cain Do in Game One of NLCS?
You could say that Brewers’ fans were happy to see that Cain got his swing back. Leading off the first inning, the 2015 World Series champion got a single after seeing five pitches from Kershaw that slid under Manny Machado and into center field then later moving to second base on one of many past balls by Dodger catcher, Yasmani Grandal.
Cain came back up to the plate in the third inning after a memorial home run from reliever Brandon Woodruff that went 407 feet to right-center. Cain single sharply into center field and then later scored on a Hernan Perez sacrifice fly.
After flying out in the fourth inning, Cain then hit a double into the left field gap and also reached on an error in the eighth inning.
What Were Cain’s Final Stats?
Cain finished the night by going 3-for-5, scoring a run, and hitting a double. Also now making him a .313 (5-16) hitter in his career against Kershaw.