Kershaw struck out three and did not walk a batter, while Kenley Jansen got the final three outs for his first save of the series. Manny Machado provided most of the offense with a two-run home run, while Yasmani Grandal added a solo blast in the win. The Braves were only able to get two hits off of Kershaw, just one night after recording four two-out singles off of Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Los Angeles now has five home runs in the first two games, as Joc Pederson, Max Muncy, and Enrique Hernandez went deep in Game 1. Kershaw's outing was the longest for the Dodgers in the Postseason since the 2004 NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. They join the 1921 New York Yankees as the only teams to open a series with consecutive shutouts, as the NLDS shifts to Atlanta for Game 3 on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Brewers took the same rout against a much better offense, shutting out the Colorado Rockies, 3-0, for a 2-0 series lead. Jhoulys Chacin went five shutout innings and struck out three for the win in his Postseason debut, as the Brewers used four relievers to complete the shutout. That included Jeremy Jeffress getting the final six outs for a second straight home win.
Milwaukee was coming off a thrilling walk-off win in extra innings on Thursday on Mike Moustakas' walk-off RBI single, as they have held the Rockies to just one run through two games. Moustakas had two more hits on Saturday, while unlikely contributor Erik Kratz had two hits and two RBI in the win. The Rockies finished with six hits, two of which came from All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado, They have scored a total of six times in their four games since Game 162 of the regular season.
Colorado will hope the change of scenery will help their odds, as Game 3 of the series moves to hitter-friendly Coors Field on Sunday. The Rockies will look to complete the sweep and advance to their first NLCS since 2011.