Brewers Force LA to Game 7

"I love his mentality on the mound; he wants to be out there", Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor said. Granderson posted a photo on Instagram on Thursday showing off his new grin and promising to be "cheesin' hard for game 6 tomorrow!" The Dodgers ace didn't allow a baserunner past the third inning. But in the Championship Series he's hit.261 with one homer and three RBIs - all in the opener. Miley was 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA over 80-plus innings in 16 regular-season starts after joining the club on a minor league contract in spring training.

It was that latter inning that proved Miley's undoing, but Counsell was ready, going to deposed closer Corey Knebel with two on and one out against Justin Turner and Manny Machado. Instead, he struck out swinging. He failed to last five innings in that start, giving up two runs on six hits.

Coming into Friday night, the Brewers' bats had been held in check. One more Dodgers victory would set up a World Series showdown with the Boston Red Sox. Across the way, veteran lefty Wade Miley gets the nod for the Brewers. Five of their 11 hits went for extra bases. Aguilar opened the rally with a two-run, opposite-field double to right field, snapping out of a slump that had plagued the first baseman for much of the postseason.

He would pinch hit this time, but again, the Dodgers won the battle as Curtis Granderson would strike out. Those final runs didn't just give Milwaukee some wiggle room, though. L.A., which fell to Houston past year, also lost to the Yankees in both 1977 and 1978.

L.A. has been able to capitalize on the Brewer's lacking offense.

Ryu had a much better showing in the NL Division Series (NLDS) versus the Atlanta Braves on October 4. The start of the World Series is only a couple of days away, but before it can officially start, we have to decide a National League champion. Getting the Dodgers to use up guys like Freese early is always a good advantage over an opponent, and it kept Miley warm for Game 6, since it was essentially a bullpen session between starts for him.

During the fourth inning of Wednesday's NLCS Game 5 in Los Angeles, Kershaw had the Brewers catcher way out front on a filthy 73 miles per hour curveball.

"Game 7, to go to a World Series - I don't know if it gets more high stakes than that", Buehler said.

Counsell should have everyone at his disposal.

  • Julie Sanders