The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached the World Series for the second consecutive season, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 to win game seven of the NLCS.
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.
Somehow, the Dodgers find themselves one win away from a return to the World Series.
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.
Although it took many years of patience from Dodgers management alongside endless moments of booing from the Los Angeles faithful, Pedro Baez has finally emerged as one of the club’s most trustworthy relievers.
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.
For some fans, it already seems like an eternity since their beloved Dodgers have actually played a game. The club’s victory in Game 4 on Monday afforded the squad a very much deserved three full days of rest before setting their sights on Milwaukee and the NL Central champion Brewers. Nevertheless, the time has finally arrived for both teams to commence battle. Heading into Friday’s opener, we thought it would be a good idea to highlight five potential storylines which Los Angeles fans should keep an eye on as the series progresses.