Dodgers’ Freese hitting 3rd in NLCS vs. familiar Brewers

Sep 29 2018 San Francisco CA USA Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw delivers against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a Major League Baseball game at AT&T Park

Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen steps up in NLCS against Los Angeles Dodgers

This is familiar ground for both the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers as they will both look to win their second straight league pennant, while the Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox are each looking to take home one of their own.

After starter Gio Gonzalez went two innings, nicked by Machado's home run, Woodruff entered in the top of the third.

But the Dodgers closed within 3-2 in the seventh on an RBI single by Cody Bellinger off Brewers reliever Corbin Burnes and a bases-loaded walk to Austin Barnes by Jeremy Jeffress.

Verlander pitched six innings of two-hit ball, and Carlos Correa fisted a single into left field to break a sixth-inning tie.

The hard-throwing Urias had no record and didn't allow a run in three games this season.

Pedro Baez, the fifth of eight Dodgers pitchers, got the win.

Woodruff led off the third inning with a long drive to right-center, tying Game 1 of the NL Championship Series at 1. Brewers' starting pitcher Wade Miley gave up only two hits in just over five innings.

Josh Reddick hit a solo homer leading off the ninth, and Yuli Gurriel sliced a three-run shot into the crowd to clinch it. They are also the best two teams I've ever seen matched up in a postseason series in my lifetime. "Game 5 comes around, then he'll be the guy on the mound and he'll be the guy who will get us a win".

Urias was on his way to becoming a top-of-the-rotation starter for the Dodgers until undergoing surgery to fix a torn capsule in June 2017.

The Brewers landed the first blow in the NLCS taking game one thanks to a shaky Clayton Kershaw and an even shakier Dodger defense. I love Urias, I am probably the biggest fan of Urias out there, however, this move was a bit surprising and had me questioning Dave Roberts' logic. "They're going to be like this for the rest of the postseason". Los Angeles committed four errors Friday night, two of them by catcher Yasmani Grandal in the third inning.

"It made it a lot easier knowing I was just another piece to this ballclub", Machado said. Kershaw minimized the damage by striking out Mike Moustakas, stranding two runners in scoring position and leading to his emotional display as he headed toward the dugout. That run was charged to Ryu.

The Brewers batted.250 (12-for-48) against Kershaw this season, numbers that were inflated by Christian Yelich, who went 4-for-6 with a pair of home runs against Kershaw in 2018 and is 9-for-17 (.529) against him for his career. He dropped to 2-5 with a 5.24 ERA in 11 career NLCS games.

The other pitching decision that shocked some was the decision to toss Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 2 at Miller Park and to keep Walker Buehler for Game 3 at Dodger Stadium.

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