Dodgers Primed to Even the NLCS Behind Ryu and the Offense

Annette Crawford
October 16, 2018

It was the shortest postseason start of Kershaw's career.

After dropping the opener of the National League Championship Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers guaranteed Dodger Stadium would host at least three more postseason games this year by earning a split with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Woodruff stunned the ace with an early home run and Milwaukee's normally shutdown bullpen held on - barely - as the Brewers beat the sloppy Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 Friday night in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series.

Former MLB All-Star Mark Mulder had a concerning observation.

Miley scored the second Brewers run in a two-run fifth against Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu.

The game comes on the 30th anniversary of Kirk Gibson's two-out, two-run pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the ninth that gave the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

"The Brewers have changed over the period of time (since his last start against them)", Ryu said during a Friday afternoon media session.

Monday night it was ace Jhoulys Chacin who seized the mound at Chavez Ravine and kept the crowd of 52,793 nearly silent until the Brewers bullpen got involved to close out a 4-0 victory over the Dodgers in Game 2. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. Woodruff ignited the Brewers offense with his first big league homer in the third inning.

Once Miley exited, to a standing ovation after 5 1/3 shutout innings, Travis Shaw homered for the Brewers, and the Dodgers stared down a three-run deficit in the game and a possible 2-0 hole in the series.

Brandon Woodruff struck out four across two innings of scoreless relief for the win.

The Dodgers loaded the bases with none out in the seventh inning and gained two runs with a base hit by Cody Bellinger and a walk to catcher Austin Barnes.

A passed ball and an interference call on Grandal helped set up Hernan Perez's sacrifice fly.

Braun's clutch swing closed the book on Kershaw, who was charged with five runs, four earned, and six hits.

"As long as we have outs left, we know we're in the game", Turner said. "The errors affected the game. We got possibilities, a lot of possibilities for tomorrow, so good stuff".

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