After hosting three games in Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers now lead the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Championship Series three games to two. Going into last night’s game the series was tied but now with one win away, the Dodgers could be heading right back to the World Series.
Baseball fans were expecting Clayton Kershaw to start for the Dodgers and Wade Miley to start for the Brewers but both players and fans got someone different. The final score last night was 5-2. Five runs also equaled the total number of pitches Miley threw for Milwaukee. Yes, only five total pitches were thrown before Brewers manager, Craig Counsell marched to the pitching mound.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) October 17, 2018
After the game Counsell said it was his plan all along. “We’re trying to get matchups and they’re trying to get matchups, he said. “They’re a very tough team to get matchups against.”
The Dodgers definitely won last nights’ matchup competition. With one of his worst pitching performances in Game 1 of the series, Kershaw put that aside and delivered one of his best this season. He didn’t allow a single Milwaukee baserunner after the third inning and only allowed one run on three hits through seven innings.
Kershaw says he is thankful the team is where they are now.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 18, 2018
It wasn’t until the fifth when LA fans got out of their seats to cheer with their blue towels. The Dodgers settled in scoring five runs over the fifth, sixth and seventh inning. LA third baseman, Justin Turner said the team has talked about this moment and getting to the world series since spring training.
On the other side of things, although Milwaukee was the first to get on the board, they struggled to put together enough runs in Game 5. After back-to-back doubles in the ninth, the Brewers looked like they might have found a new breath. But with only one extra run scored, the game ended quickly after.
Even after last night’s loss, Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell still thinks his team is in a good spot.
Next in Game 6
Up next, the two teams will have a deserved day off before playing in Game 6. Los Angeles will now leave Dodger Stadium and they will have two chances to win just one more game to secure a trip back to the World Series.
— MLB (@MLB) October 18, 2018
And on the other hand, the Brewers will rely on home field advantage at Miller Stadium to try to pick up two more wins. If Milwaukee can pull it off, they will be heading to the World Series for the first time since 1982.
First pitch at Miller Stadium on Friday is scheduled for 8:39 p.m.