In a one-sided affair, the Los Angeles Dodgers have defeated the Milwaukee Brewers by a final score of 5-2 in a pivotal game 5 of the NLCS.
This game was managed in a very interesting way by Craig Counsell, as Wade Miley started and faced only one batter. From there, he went to swingman Brandon Woodruff, who went 5+ innings, which begs the question why not just start Woodruff in the first place?
A report subsequently came out during the game from Ken Rosenthal saying that the Brewers wanted to manipulate the Dodgers lineup into being right-handed heavy so that when Woodruff came in, there would be almost an entire lineup of righty vs. righty matchups. Very sneaky shit, Craig.
Woodruff was very effective, going 5 innings and giving up only 2 runs. However, it just so happens he matched up against Clayton Kershaw, who was out to avenge his game 1 mistep.
Kershaw went 7 innings, allowed only one run while striking out nine. He certainly looked like the Clayton Kershaw of old. It was an all-around solid performance for the Dodgers. Everyone hit, everyone fielded well, and the pitching did its job.
The game was a quiet 1-1 game until the 6th inning when the Dodgers broke through and took the lead on a Max Muncy single to left. From there, Yasiel Puig kept the train moving in the form of an RBI single to center. In the bottom of the 7th, the Dodgers tacked on two more insurance runs to extend the lead to 5-1.
The Brewers were able to crawl back into the game in the 9th with back to back doubles off Ryan Madson in the ninth to cut it to a 5-2 game, with the latter of the two resulting in Curtis Granderson chipping two teeth on his slide. This was arguably the most exciting part of the game.
After the doubles, closer Kenley Jansen came in to kill any dreams the Brewers had of rallying by striking out Mike Moustakas to end the game. The Dodgers are now just one game away from going back to the World Series for the second consecutive year.
The series will be headed back to Miller Park for game 6 on Friday, first pitch at 8:39 EST. Can the Brewers keep their season alive? We’ll find out.
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