Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Dodgers power past Brewers to return to World Series

Brewers extend series; Sale to start WS opener for Sox Look: Corey Knebel caught cheating in Game 6, seen with shiny substance on hand
Sergio Cook | 24 October, 2018, 04:01

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw closed out the win, setting up a showdown with the Boston Red Sox starting Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Puig promised at the end of the regular season the Dodgers would win it this time around after the Astros beat them in seven games previous year.

The Brewers now trail 2-1 in the second following Cody Bellinger's two-RBI blast off of Jhoulys Chacín in the top of the inning. He celebrated wildly going around the bases as the Dodgers made it 5-1. Urias got Yelich out as Chris Taylor made a sensational sliding catch in the left center gap that swung momentum to the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are now four wins away from being two World Series titles away from tying the Giants' mark this decade.

So who wins Dodgers-Brewers, and what are the critical X-factors that have Thompson siding strongly to one side?

The Dodgers have battled throughout the postseason, and just won the first winner-take-all game of the playoffs in the National League Championship Series. And luckily for me I've got a lot of veterans on this team. It was just his fourth time in the leadoff spot in his 10 years in the majors.

It's not overstating to say Taylor's catch might go down as one of the most incredible catches, or least most important catches, in postseason history. Winning pitcher Corey Knebel (kuh-NAY'-bul), Jeremy Jeffress and Corbin Burnes combined to toss hitless ball over the final 4 2/3 innings after Wade Miley was lifted with Milwaukee ahead 5-2.

"They pitched well and didn't let us get anything going", Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

The Dodgers pulled a run back in the fifth inning when Freese's double allowed pinch hitter Brian Dozier to score to make it 5-2. "They're warriors, and they listen and they want to be great".

The loss ended a remarkable year for the Brewers. They lost back-to-back games to the woeful Cincinnati Reds from September 10 to 11, but they took three of four from the St. Louis Cardinals, then swept the Colorado Rockies and later won the last four games of their regular season, including a one-game tiebreaker on the first day of October.

Erik Kratz contributed to the Brewers' victory like he has all of October.

Pitching for the first time since Game 4, Hader struck out four, walked one and allowed one hit in three innings of scoreless relief. "If it goes seven, it's a top five series". "We didn't execute today".

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