Counsell has used his bullpen liberally and unconventionally throughout the Brewers' remarkable season, and this particular gambit yielded mixed results.
There are few things more hard in sports than hitting a pitch from an Major League Baseball pitcher.
"Look, they're trying to get matchups, we're trying to get matchups, " Counsell said.
"They use video people to get sequences". Milwaukee right-hander Corey Knebel escaped trouble against the heart of the Dodgers' order in the fifth to set the tone for the bullpen, a Brewers' strength throughout the playoffs. He knew that Dave Roberts would load his lineup with right-handed hitters against the left-handed Miley. A seventh run followed on Aguilar's third hit of the night, a two-out RBI single in the eighth.
"Why can't you?" Kratz asked. "I thought they would pitch around me and get me to swing". Miley, a lefthander, became a main component in the Brewers' rotation - going 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 16 games.
After winning a Game 163 to clinch the division title, the Dodgers went into the postseason for an NL Division Series matchup with the Atlanta Braves. "Obviously you just want to find a way to score one in the first or second inning". Whether or not that's the strategy again in Game 6 remains to be seen. Counsell and Roberts will surely go to their bullpen at the first sign of trouble-fittingly for a series that has been a parade of relievers and pinch-hitters. Game 6 of the NLCS will take place Friday at Milwaukee, with Game 7 on Saturday, if necessary. Hyun-Jin Ryu suffered the loss as he surrendered five earned runs on seven hits over three innings, striking out three and walking two.
"You can't be caught off guard with that stuff".
"It's been working out", Chrisitan Yelich said. Guerra had thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings before the last pitch.
In a tense game, the benches cleared in the 10th inning when Machado grounded out and his feet tangled with Jesus Aguilar at first base. Shaw has not started since Game 3.
The Dodgers will send staff ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound in Game 5.
The start time for a possible game seven has moved earlier by an hour due to the Red Sox closing out the Houston Astros last night.
They put together one of the poorest postseason performances ever in Game 1 - committing four errors and two passed balls - but rode Justin Turner's heroic home run in Game 2. Lorenzo Cain then delivered an RBI double, although Woodruff eventually was stranded at third.
The four-time All-Star also made a pair of hard slides into second base in Game 3 while shortstop Orlando Arcia attempted to turn double plays. "He understands the magnitude of this moment, this game, and he's a good person for us to take the baseball".
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