NLCS: Dodgers beat Brewers on Game 4 walk-off single

Ross Houston
October 20, 2018

The left-hander can opt out of the last two years and $70 million remaining on his contract after the World Series and become a free agent.

"Got to get them tomorrow".

"I mean, the whole cameras and things, that's not something we can really control", Milwaukee pitcher Zach Davies told The Athletic. While the Brewers don't have any hard evidence, they relayed their concerns to Major League Baseball.

With a victory the Brewers will advance to their first World Series since 1982, when they were still in the American League. The Dodgers scored just seven runs in their three NLCS home games and did not hit a home run.

Muncy's go-ahead RBI came after Justin Turner singled to lead off the sixth and Manny Machado was hit by a pitch.

"Anybody, anywhere, anytime", Knebel said.

"To go back to Milwaukee up 3-2 as opposed to being down 3-2 is huge for us", Kershaw said.

And this time, the Milwaukee Brewers left-hander figures to seeing more than one batter in his next start in the NL Championship Series.

The worst-case scenario is that we head into a Red Sox-Dodgers World Series with open questions still unsettled. The right-hander has not allowed a run in his two starts this postseason, including Game 3 of this series, in which he pitched 5 ¹/₃ scoreless innings. Knebel got the win and Burnes retired the Dodgers in order in the ninth, setting off a wild celebration for the crowd of 43,619. He used none of them in Game 6, and Game 6 of course followed a travel day. The rocket-armed reliever hasn't pitched since Tuesday in Game 4.

"Twelve", Counsell said jokingly.

Freese has been everything the Dodgers anticipated since acquiring him at the August 31 waiver deadline.

What's flipped the scale in favor of Los Angeles is what the Dodgers have done when given an opportunity. Hounded by boos all night long, Machado went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. And I think that, again, it's a game that you just don't know how it's going to unfold. "Try to go pitch by pitch, drive in runs. I don't think I'd single those two guys out, I think there's a bunch of guys we need to get going, and we will". "We didn't execute today". The strategy was tri-fold: throw the Dodgers for a loop, force Dave Roberts to field a righty-heavy lineup that could be instantly exploited, and avoid using the veteran lefty on short rest.

Left-handed slugger Max Muncy is hitting second behind Freese in Game 6.

It's also just the fourth time batting leadoff in his career. This was a bit of gamesmanship on the part of Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell.

Fox Sports reporter and Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci alluded to the fact that Milwaukee hitters Mike Moustakas and Erik Kratz took first-pitch curveballs to right field like they knew they were coming. Ryu gave up two runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings in that game.

"It was huge to be able to answer back in the first inning after the homer", Moustakas said. "To put up four right there just gives us a lot of confidence". Hader worked three shutout innings in Game 1 against the Dodgers, and on four occasions during the 2017 and 2018 regular seasons he went three innings in a game. A double from Christian Yelich, the MVP front-runner who has struggled all series, in the bottom of that inning.

Jhoulys Chacin, who threw 5 ⅓ scoreless innings in a Game 3 win, will start for the Brewers against Dodgers rookie Walker Buehler, who was hooked for four runs and the loss in that same contest.

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