The Los Angeles Dodgers have come back to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers by a final score of 4-3, and have tied up the series at one game apiece.
The story of the game was once again, the Brewers spectacular bullpen falling apart.
The Brew crew held a 3-0 lead headed into the top of the 7th inning, coming from two solo shots off the bats of Orlando Arcia and Travis Shaw, and an RBI groundout from Ryan Braun.
Wade Miley continued his career resurgence by holding the Dodgers lineup to two hits and no runs over 5 2/3 innings pitched. He turned it over to Corbin Burnes, who shat the bed spectacularly. Burnes escaped the 6th inning damage free, but once it was time to come back out for the 7th, he gave up a walk and two hits without recording an out. Jeremy Jeffress came in to put out the fire and proceeded to allow two of the inherited runners to score. Jeffress would escape the 7th without any further damage, BUT the top of the 8th was different. The third batter of the inning, Justin Turner, with a man on base, hit a titanic shot to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.
It was only the third time in Dodgers team history that someone has hit a go-ahead home run in the postseason in the eighth inning or later. The last man to do it was Juan Uribe in 2013 against the Braves. The other man? Kirk Gibson.
One of my main takeaways from these first two games is that the Dodger bullpen has been surprisingly stout, especially having to pitch 6 plus innings in back to back games. Alex Wood and Ryan Madson have really been the only ones to crack under the postseason pressure.
Building on that, Kenley Jansen, who’s been shaking since coming back from his issues regarding an irregular heartbeat in late August, came in and got two of the hottest players on the planet to make the final outs in Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich.
The series is now tied at a game apiece and will be headed to Los Angeles.
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