Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Brewers relief pitcher Brandon Woodruff homers off Clayton Kershaw in NLCS

Brewers relief pitcher Brandon Woodruff homers off Clayton Kershaw in NLCS

Backed into a tough spot Saturday, the red-headed slugger delivered once again.

After Game 1 of the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers, which came down to to the wire and went in the Brewers' favor due to their lock down bullpen, both teams have made a few tweaks heading into Game 2.

Milwaukee wasted a terrific performance by Miley in its first loss in three weeks, ending a 12-game winning streak that produced free burgers for its fans as part of a promotion by a local restaurant chain. Chris Taylor hit an RBI triple off center fielder Lorenzo Cain's glove with two outs before Corey Knebel fanned Justin Turner to end it. Woodruff threw two flawless innings and got the win.

Now, I wouldn't have said above that Arcia is a good hitter right now based upon the postseason. Should the Dodgers win, they will have home field advantage for the remainder of the series and head back to LA all tied up.

Miley handed a 2-0 lead over to his bullpen and Shaw tacked on a solo drive in the sixth, delighting a yellow towel-waving crowd of 43,905 at Miller Park.

Milwaukee's vaunted bullpen delivered after the Dodgers hit.333 and scored eight of their nine runs against Brewers relievers during the first two games in Milwaukee, both decided by one run.

Even though Yasiel Puig doesn't fare well against southpaws, he'll be in the starting lineup and batting seventh in place of Cody Bellinger.

Madson intentionally walked Yelich to load the bases and set up a double play.

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The Dodgers went right back to work in the eighth. He is coming off of a regular season in which he hit.308 while manning center field. In September and Game 163 - when Arcia went 4 for 4 and played offensive catalyst in the Brewers vanquishing the Cubs - Arcia hit.329/.360/.443.

"You just shrug it off", Turner said.

Turner, Taylor and Joc Pederson had two hits apiece for the Dodgers, who also earned a split in two road games at Atlanta en route to advancing through the NL Division Series.

Chacin followed Wade Miley's lead from Game 2 by firing 5 ¹/₃ shutout innings in which he allowed three hits and struck out six.

The 1905 New York Giants and 1966 Orioles are the only other teams to toss three shutouts in their first six games of a post-season, STATS said. "They're going to be like this for the rest of the postseason". And Orlando has always been a guy that you want to put a moment on him, put pressure on him. The home run was the only hit Gonzalez allowed through two innings. I'm taking the Brewers in a very exciting seven-game series.

The Brewers and Dodgers met up seven times during the 2018 regular season. That advantage in experience seemed to pay off - especially when Turner came up with the big blow.

"I thought it was going to be a lot different", Knebel said Thursday of the playoffs.

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