Bellinger's 13th-inning RBI single ended a marathon Game 4 and evened the National League Championship Series as the Dodgers went deep into the night for a 2-1 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. 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.
"Rich initially was good, and gave us five innings, but the bullpen, what they did tonight against a very good offensive club, my hat's off to these guys", Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. And I'm a different hitter than I was past year.
Game 5 of the NLCS, meanwhile, is on FOX Sports 1. That is the three-letter abbreviation for Milwaukee, and a reminder that the Brewers' only task left, after a 162-game season and spirited playoff run, is to not let the Dodgers win another contest at Miller Park.
"There's a bunch of guys we need offense from", Milwaukee manager Craig Counsel said.
On Tuesday, Gonzalez lasted just one full inning, landing awkwardly on his ankle while attempting to field a comebacker from Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig in the second.
Pitching in 82-degree sunshine, Kershaw was well-rested and masterful in allowing one run and three hits over seven.
"Anytime you can work yourself out of situations like that that's going to make or break the game", Kershaw said. Down one run in the fifth inning of Game 5 on Wednesday, the Dodgers' backup catcher delivered perhaps the series' most consequential hit to date. Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers' third pitcher of the ninth, came in for the last two outs and the save.
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It was only one run to tie the score, but the momentum in the Dodgers dugout and throughout Dodger Stadium suddenly shifted.
"The little things played a big part", Roberts said. He sent the pitch to right field, bringing Machado in from second base for the winning run.
"It's just a classic case of he executed a lot of pitches", Counsell said.
That means if the Brewers make it to the World Series, Gonzalez can not be on the roster since a player replaced due to injury in one series is required to sit out the next one.
Kershaw's career postseason ERA is 4.26 in 133 innings, a significant drop-off from his mark in the six months prior.
Game 6 of the NLCS will take place Friday at Milwaukee, with Game 7 on Saturday, if necessary.