Clayton Kershaw got the best of nearly ever hitter on his first time through the lineup in Game 1, but by his second go-around, Alex Bregman was prepared. In the fourth inning, Bregman found a high fastball on a 1-1 count and crushed it over the left field fence, tying the game with the Astros’ first run of the night.
The 399-blast was Bregman’s third of the postseason following two knocks against Chris Sale in the ALDS. He’s just the fourth Astros player to collect a homer in the World Series, joining Jason Lane, Mike Lamb and Morgan Ensberg of the club’s 2005 World Series loss.
He also added to an unsavory postseason stat for Kershaw, who has now given up eight runs on seven dingers this month. That hardly tells the whole story, however: Kershaw has dealt 62 pitches in 5 1/3 innings, fanning 10 of 18 batters and handing out just one base hit in addition to the homer. The Astros are currently tied 1-1 with the Dodgers in the top of the sixth.