A bullpen meltdown around the middle of August - triggered by Jansen's irregular heartbeat - prompted a 3-9 stretch, but the Dodgers recovered by winning 11 of their next 15. Obviously, Bellinger's key moments in the game four epic along with what he did in the deciding game seven were factored. Some blame could trace back to MVP front-runner Christian Yelich, who showed up with a first-inning home run in Game 7 but came into it hitting.167 (4 for 29) in the series.
Then, the Dodgers held a 2-1 lead that they would not relinquish; and that lead would surely grow.
Craig Counsell and the Milwaukee Brewers finished one game short of playing in the World Series. Hader was as advertised, and in his three innings of work he allowed just one hit while striking out four. "To get to go back from a year ago, it´s unbelievable".
Still, the Dodgers survived Hader by working counts; scratching and clawing for every extra delivery. So now this team's legacy can be hashed out, as a group that could not beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games, but as one that can be remembered for what it did do rather than for what it didn't. At the same time, Walker Buehler was electric. They were lulled to a Game 3 loss, but prevailed in 13 innings in Game 4 and rode a dominant Kershaw in Game 5. After all, the Milwaukee Brewers not only had home-field advantage but a rest Josh Hader looming.
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But he got stopped just short of the goal line, sealing the fourth straight win for New England. We have a lot of guys stepping up, making plays, nobody really cares who gets to shine.
Urias quickly got ahead 0-2 on Yelich, but left a third pitch out over the plate. That preserved the one-run lead.
The Brewers could use Peralta, Burnes and Woodruff to strengthen their rotation next year, or they could be options for Counsell if he tries more of the bullpen-oriented approach he employed so successfully in the playoffs.
Xavier Cedeno allowed Max Muncy's leadoff single in the sixth before Jeffress came in. Justin Turner singled to left field. So, let's just get to it. The Dodgers led 5-1, and needed a dozen outs. They fell behind early and never recovered in Game 6, but they put the pressure on the Brewers early in Game 7 and held on. Madson became the pitcher of record with his second win of the series.
The Dodgers used a secret relief weapon of their own in the bottom of the ninth, bringing on starter Clayton Kershaw for the final inning to close out the Brewers in three batters.