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MLB Postseason 2018: 3 takeaways from NLDS Game 5

18 October 2018

The Dodgers and the Brewers are getting back in action after Tuesday night's 13-inning battle in Los Angeles.

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. But with runners on second and third, Kershaw struck out Yelich before walking Ryan Braun to load the bases and striking out Jesus Aguilar to end the inning. So if this was Kershaw's final home start as a Dodger, if that was really it, he turned in a performance worth remembering.

Brewers starter Wade Miley faced just one batter before manager Craig Counsell went to his bullpen.

"He's a player that has a history of those types of incidents", Milwaukee slugger Christian Yelich said. Taylor, however, wasn't done. "I thought they would pitch around me and get me to swing". We go way back since the minor leagues. "I wanted to be aggressive".

"The play at first today is a pretty dirty play", Shaw said.

And while everyone loves to rag on him, think about this: The Dodgers ace has a better career postseason ERA (4.26) than Chris Sale (5.85), David Price (5.42), CC Sabathia (4.31) and Luis Severino (6.26).

It was only one run to tie the score, but the momentum in the Dodgers dugout and throughout Dodger Stadium suddenly shifted.

"It was huge", shortstop Manny Machado said. He definitely gave us that momentum that we needed. We're trying to win.

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The Dodgers last World Series victory came in 1988, buoyed by Kirk Gibson's game-winning home run that has remained a staple of baseball lore in the three decades that have passed.

Justin Turner added an RBI single in the Dodgers' two-run seventh, a rally that came in handy after the Brewers scored with two out in the ninth. "But I think a bunch of guys are not really on it right now offensively". "That's big time to get over there on the first pitch". Now you've got a guy on third with no outs. "He's having a bit of a rough patch".

Barnes' single not only brought home Taylor, but it made a hard decision an easy one for manager Dave Roberts. With Kershaw due up next, Puig was standing in the on-deck circle to possibly bat for him, and Alex Wood was warming up in the bullpen.

The Brewers tied the game 1-1 in the fifth on an RBI double from pinch hitter Domingo Santana to score Orlando Arcia from first base.

"We're family. Things happen", Machado said, who scored the winning run moments later. "I understand the situation".

The defending NL champion Dodgers took a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series as they aim to take part in consecutive World Series for the first time since 1977-78.

This sets up Wade Miley to start Game 6 in Milwaukee and Jhoulys Chacin Game 7 - instead of Chacin in Game 6 on short rest.

MLB Postseason 2018: 3 takeaways from NLDS Game 5