Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Brewers, Dodgers even in NLCS after late night loss in extra innings

Brewers, Dodgers even in NLCS after late night loss in extra innings

LOS ANGELES - Everyone around Chris Taylor was seemingly being ushered to one media obligation or another after the Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the National League Championship Series and put themselves one win away from the World Series. Woodruff then faced more traffic in the sixth inning as Justin Turner led off with a single and Machado was grazed with a pitch.

Despite struggling on offense for almost three full games at Los Angeles, the Dodgers still managed consecutive victories, taking Game 4 on Tuesday by a 2-1 score in 13 innings.

Domingo Santana later tied the score for the Brewers with an RBI double in the top of the fifth frame.

The best-of-seven NLCS is now tied 2-2 with Game 5 on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. What's most important is how badly Bellinger needed the hit amid his slump; he had been 1-for-21 in the postseason prior to Tuesday night.

If the Brewers are going to reach the World Series for the first time since 1982, they likely will need a boost from Christian Yelich, who has been among the disappointments in this series.

Making what could be his final start for the Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw allowed a single but a caught stealing helped him face the minimum through what was an efficient two innings.

Manager Dave Roberts said he made the change to "shake things up" and because he likes Bellinger's at-bats against Brewers left-handed starter Wade Miley. The Brewers were up only 1-0 at the time, but there have been moments in this series where that has seemed like an insurmountable deficit for the Dodgers.

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Maybe he is confused about what technique he is using. "I heard there was a Twitter report out there", Gruden said. "I'll say this, we aren't tanking anything ", Gruden said Tuesday, via The Associated Press.

The Dodgers had runners at the corners in the eighth against hard-throwing Josh Hader, who pitched for the second consecutive day.

The Brewers had another chance in the ninth against closer Kenley Jansen. With fans on their feet, pinch-hitter Travis Shaw struck out with a runner on third to end the inning.

And when Bellinger finally ended it, the only NLCS game that had lasted longer was the New York Mets' 15-inning victory over Atlanta in Game 5 in 1999, which took 5 hours, 46 minutes.

"Let's get something to eat", Dozier said afterward. Aguilar appeared upset and the two exchanged words.

"It's a dirty play by a dirty player", Yelich said. "We're up 3-2 now and we only have to take one of two in Milwaukee".

"Everything that happens on the field stays on the field", Machado said. "He's a great guy".

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