The Dodgers Have Broken the Brewers’ Confidence

The Dodgers Have Broken the Brewers’ Confidence

The Dodgers Have Broken the Brewers’ Confidence

When a bullpen meltdown prompted a 3-9 stretch around the middle of August, they came back to win 11 of 15. So why take him out?

The Dodgers started unveiling their relievers in the sixth inning, beginning with Pedro Baez and heading on, in order, to Kenta Maeda, Caleb Ferguson, Ryan Madson, Kenley Jansen, Alex Wood, Dylan Floro and Urias.

The Dodgers need another answer. We're in a good spot with those two guys at the top. "So, we've got to do a better job tomorrow". But neither team will have any qualms about turning to its reinforcements early. The 2008 Dodgers and 1984 Padres share the record for fewest innings by starting pitchers with 21 1/3.

The four-time All-Star also made a pair of hard slides into second base in Game 3 while shortstop Orlando Arcia attempted to turn double plays. Yet again, the Brewers went deep into their bullpen. Corey Knebel's strikeout of Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado that stranded a runner in scoring position in the fifth. It would be quite the turnaround for Hyun-Jin Ryu who has been injury plagued over the last four seasons and the long term outlook of his big league career was definitely in question after his last shoulder surgery. On Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers to punch their ticket on the National League side of the bracket. Together, the teams have combined for five doubles in five innings.

Fox Sports reporter and Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci alluded to the fact that Milwaukee hitters Mike Moustakas and Erik Kratz took first-pitch curveballs to right field like they knew they were coming.

"Clearly, our bullpen has been the key for us", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

The under is 7-2-1 in the last 10 Brewers games overall. Aguilar opened the rally with a two-run, opposite-field double to right field, snapping out of a slump that had plagued the first baseman for much of the postseason.

Despite leading the series, the Dodgers head back to Milwaukee to conclude the NLCS.

"I thought it was incredibly important for us to answer back as quickly as possible, keep the crowd into it, keep the pressure off of us", Braun said.

The Dodgers tied the game 1-all on Austin Barnes' RBI single up the middle in the fifth. "As far as his rest, he's ready to go".

"I don't really think about the one before".

Kratz, though, would make contact the following pitch and thus indisputably prove that he's better than all of us at baseball.

Boston connections: Most, if not all, Red Sox fans will recognize the face of the Dodgers' skipper.

The most important thing of the day: Despite the Dodgers' victory in Game 2, Miley outpitched Ryu, tossing 5⅔ scoreless frames to Ryu's 4⅓-inning, two-run performance. They lulled their way to a deflating loss in Game 3, but outlasted the Brewers in a thrilling, 13-inning Game 4 and rode Kershaw's dominance to a crucial Game 5 victory.

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