Bullpen shines, but Bellinger’s walk-off victor ties NLCS 2-2

Enrique Hernandez of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 15 2018

The Brewers had a prime opportunity to take a commanding 3-1 series lead, but couldn't get it done against countless Dodgers relievers. Milwaukee got only two runners to third base, none after the seventh inning. And by Wednesday evening, after Kershaw lifted the Dodgers one more time, the "6" became a "5". Gonzalez gave up one run on two hits in one-plus inning, injuring himself while trying to field a Yasiel Puig infield single. Dodgers first base coach George Lombard joined the discussion before players spilled onto the field from both benches and bullpens. Counsell chose to give Miley a short workday in preparation for a longer start Friday in Game 6, which now looms as a possible elimination game for Milwaukee.

That game, Gonzalez went five innings, striking out two batters while allowing just three hits en route to an 11-0 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Since the NLCS went to the best-of-seven format in 1985, the team with the home field advantage over the final three games has a 5-6 record when the series is tied 2-2, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Major League Baseball's official statistician.

Dozier plated the Dodgers' first run with an RBI single in the bottom of the first frame, giving Los Angeles its initial lead. In his time with the Dodgers, Rich Hill has a 2.93 ERA in 40 postseason innings, effectively working as the postseason ace the Dodgers have desperately been looking for over the last few years.

He'll be opposed by Brewers starter Wade Miley. The backup catcher batted.205 with four home runs and 14 RBIs on the season and was 1 for 7 in the playoffs coming into Game 5. Milwaukee scored in the fifth and was held scoreless for the next eight frames.

Then the wait was on.


The five-hour, 15-minute game was the second-longest NLCS game by time, behind Game 5 of the 1999 series between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves which took 5:46. NL MVP candidate Yelich went 1-for-5 and is now 3-for-16 (.188) in the past four games.

"There's a bunch of guys we need offense from", Milwaukee manager Craig Counsel said.

"We lock it in, win one tomorrow, and we feel a lot better heading home", Yelich said.

"I think the most special part of that was him running on the first pitch", Turner said. Now you've got a guy on third with no outs.

Clayton Kershaw has a reputation for being bad in the postseason, but let's look at this situation for what it is: Kershaw has good starts in the playoffs and he has bad ones, as well. Cody Bellinger scored, to bring the score to Dodgers 5, Brewers 1.

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