Clayton Kershaw struck out nine over seven innings, and Max Muncy delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers grabbed the lead in the National League Championship Series with a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. His first game against the Brewers in this series came in Game 2 in Milwaukee, where the Dodgers won 4-3.
Los Angeles scored once in the fifth inning Wednesday to tie up Game 4 at 1-1, while the hosts scored twice in both the sixth and seventh innings en route to a 5-2 win.
"I think I'll be fine".
The last pitcher to start back-to-back games in the same postseason series was George Earnshaw of the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1930 World Series, according to STATS. Manager Craig Counsell started Miley for one hitter in Game 5 before hooking him for reliever Brandon Woodruff, a move created to deceive Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts into stacking his lineup with right-handed hitters who no longer held a matchup advantage.
Can you top that, Wade?
Counsell explained that the unconventional move was an effort to get the best matchups. Gonzalez gave up one run on two hits in one-plus inning, injuring himself while trying to field a Yasiel Puig infield single. "They just got their hits and made their pitches when they had to".
A surprise bullpen game worked well, until it didn't - and it ultimately didn't prevent the Brewers from losing for the third time in four games after a 12-game winning streak that propelled them deep into the postseason. The Brewers pulled their starting pitcher after just one batter. Miley is a lefty, as is Bellinger, but most of Los Angeles' starting lineup was composed of right-handed hitters.
"Craig has been doing it since September 1".
If the Brewers win: They'll get another shot at keeping their season alive - and at making their first World Series appearance since 1982 - in front of a home crowd at Miller Park in Game 7. Justin Turner finished 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in the victory. If he wants to be on a winning ball club, play like a victor. In three starts and 18.2 total innings, Miley hasn't allowed a single run. Miley was 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA over 80-plus innings in 16 regular-season starts after joining the club on a minor league contract in spring training. If it were up to him, Miley would stay in as long as possible.
"So with the way that we structured the lineup and the guys we have on the bench, just kind of gives us a little bit of flexibility on how we want to use the guys on the bench".