There's no time to be tired for the Brewers and Dodgers, who departed after midnight PT following a 13-inning marathon in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series and will be back on the field this afternoon for Game 5 to decide which team moves within one victory of the World Series.
Following a night when the benches cleared and tensions ran high after Manny Machado and Jesus Aguilar got tangled up on a play at first base in the 10th inning, both the Brewers and Dodgers appeared eager to put the incident behind them prior to Wednesday's Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.
Zach Davies, welcome to the postseason. Major League Baseball approved the Brewers' request to replace injured left-hander Gio Gonzalez with Davies prior to Wednesday's Game 5 of the National League Championship Series after Gonzalez suffered a left high ankle sprain in Game 4 on Tuesday night. By rule, Gonzalez is ineligible for the World Series should Milwaukee advance.
Christian Yelich has a .500/.550/.889 line against Clayton Kershaw, the highest OPS any hitter has against the Dodger ace. But because of how he got to that mark, it doesn't guarantee that success is going to follow in NLCS Game 5.
The Brewers got solid pitching throughout Game 4; what was missing in an exhausting 2-1 loss to the Dodgers in 13 innings was the big hit. The Dodgers finally found it with two outs in the 13th, when Cody Bellinger roped a single into right field and tied the series at two games apiece.
Jhoulys Chacin teed it up with six strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings and the bullpen finished off the five-hit shutout, with Jeremy Jeffress escaping a bases-loaded scare in the ninth, as the Brewers defeated the Dodgers, 4-0, on Monday night in Los Angeles to take a 2-1 lead in the National League Championship Series.
One of baseball's lightest hitters in the regular season, Orlando Arcia continued to emerge as an October hero at the plate on Monday night, when his two-run homer provided the Brewers with critical insurance in their victory in Game 3 of the NLCS.
It wasn't the sort of dominant inning that Jeremy Jeffress delivered time after time during the regular season. Far from it. But when the zero appeared on the Dodger Stadium scoreboard, it was progress.
What if Ryan Braun had become a Dodger? It almost happened in the summer of 2016, when the Brewers had discussions with the Dodgers about a deal that might have sent Braun to L.A. for Yasiel Puig, Brandon McCarthy and prospects.
Once again, the Dodgers didn't make it easy as the Brewers held a lead, but this time the Milwaukee bullpen couldn't fend them off, resulting in a 4-3 loss on Saturday that tied the NLCS at a game apiece as the series heads to Los Angeles.
Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Friday night at Miller Park was a nine-inning primer on how the Brewers got to this point -- a harrowing 6-5 win over the Dodgers that gave Milwaukee a 12th straight victory and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. It was fueled by a five-run flurry at the expense of Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers' dodgy defense, during which one of the Brewers' "out-getters," Brandon Woodruff, hit the unlikeliest of home runs. Baseball's best relief corps since the start of September then held off L.A., with Josh Hader working three scoreless innings, Jeremy Jeffress escaping a jam in the eighth and Corey Knebel closing the game by striking out Justin Turner with the potential tying run 90 feet away.
Naturally, Lorenzo Cain turned it on at the plate once the postseason reached the National League Championship Series. He was happy about that in the wake of the Brewers' 6-5 win over the Dodgers in Friday's Game 1.
For the uninitiated: No, they were not booing before the Brewers even took the field for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series onFriday night. They were saluting Mr. Baseball. It was "UUUUUU" for Bob Uecker, the Milwaukee kid turned .200-hitting big leaguer turned baseball broadcaster and Hollywood star, on the mound at Miller Park for a ceremonial first pitch to signal the start of the third LCS in Brewers history.