In a barn burner of a game one, the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers by a score of 6-5.
The game was 6-1 Brewers headed into the 8th inning, but we’ll come back to that.
The talk of the game before the first pitch was could Clayton Kershaw follow up his excellent start in the NLDS against the Braves in this game? We got a resounding “no” pretty quickly. Kershaw went 3 innings, gave up 6 hits, 2 walks, a wild pitch for good luck, and allowed 4 runs. He in no way resembled the pitcher we all saw dice up the Braves the last series. Then again, the Dodgers as a team looked completely changed from the team that wiped the floor with the Braves.
No one except for Manny Machado and Chris Taylor, who even made a critical error, showed up to play. Machado continued his stellar postseason by going 2-4 with a home run (his third of the playoffs) and 3 RBI’s.
However, on a team of pitiful defensive performances (the Dodgers made 4 errors during the game), no one, and I mean literally no one, had a worse game than Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal.
Grandal became the first catcher in major league postseason history to have 2 passed balls and two errors in a single game.
But hey, the Brewers did some things too. Lorenzo Cain had a great game by going 3-4 with a run scored and played great defense in center, as usual.
However, the real star of the show was reliever Brandon Woodruff. He came on in relief in the third inning after a not-so-great start from Gio Gonzalez and picked up 2 K’s. He would then lead off the next inning by hitting an absolute missile off of Clayton goddamn Kershaw to get the Brewers on the board. He would come back out to pitch the top of the 4th and would pick up two more strikeouts. If Milwaukee goes to the World Series, they better build that man a statue for this game alone.
The game remained quiet for the middle innings after the Brewers roughed up Kershaw and took a 5-1 lead after 4 innings. Josh Hader was dominant as usual, going 3 innings scoreless, and shutting down the boys from LA entirely.
Jesus Aguilar would add a solo shot in the bottom of the 7th inning. A home run that would prove crucial by the end of the game.
In the eighth inning, the Brewers normally watertight bullpen began to show cracks. Xavier Cedeno started the inning and was ineffective, and was eventually lifted in favor of Joakim Soria. Soria would prove to be just as ineffective and loaded the bases. Brewers manager Craig Counsell was forced to go to closer Jeremy Jeffress to finish the inning, and Jeffress gave up back to back singles to make it a 6-4 game.
Then in the top of the Ninth, with Corey Knebel pitching for the Brew Crew, with a man on first and 2 outs, Chris Taylor came with 2 feet of hitting game-tying home run. The ball bounced off of Lorenzo Cain’s glove and Taylor cruised into third with a triple, representing the tying run. Knebel would come back to strike out Justin Turner on a 97 mph fastball to end the game and secure the game one victory for Milwaukee.
Game two will be played today at 4:00 EST in Miller Park. The Dodgers will look to tie the series up with Hyun Jin Ryu, and the Brewers will look to Wade Miley to extend their lead before heading to Los Angeles.
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