Powered behind a four-run first inning, the Brewers took care of business on Friday evening, defeating the Dodgers, 7-2, while forcing a decisive Game 7 on Saturday evening at Miller Park.
The Los Angeles Dodgers won a crucial Game 5 in their last home game of this NLCS, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
Three innings after making perhaps the most spectacular defensive play of the entire playoffs, Cody Bellinger delivered a single that plated Manny Machado, sealing a 2-1 victory for the Dodgers and tying the NLCS at two games apiece.
The last time the Dodgers faced Brewers’ righty Jhoulys Chacin, they teed off on him, en route to 21-5 win. But on the 30th Anniversary of Kirk Gibson‘s World Series Game One heroics, there were no theatrics to be found.
The narrative for the NLCS before the game was the Brewers pitching matchups against the Dodgers‘ ability to use their bench. However, it ultimately boiled down to errors on the side of the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw failing to go deep into a playoff game again.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have completed the first step in their quest to return to the World Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves three games to one in the NLDS. All six of the Dodgers’ runs were driven in by acquisitions they made at the summer trade deadlines.
Unlike the relative monotony of the first two contests, Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday evening had plenty of action for fans of both clubs to appreciate. Ultimately, it was Atlanta who prevailed, as the Braves secured a 6-5 victory and forced a Game 4 on Monday afternoon in Atlanta.