MemberSeptember 30, 2020 at 11:08 pm
The Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Milwaukee Brewers in game one of the best-of-three National League Wild Card Series, riding early runs and a great collective performance by their pitching staff to a 4-2 victory.
Walker Buehler, unsurprisingly getting the prime time start, struck-out Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun in a very quick first frame. With a beat-up pitching staff, Brent Suter got the ball for the Brewers. After Suter fell behind 3-1, Mookie Betts smacked a leadoff double over Braun’s head in right to get the Dodgers rolling. Corey Seager earned a four-pitch walk, and after Justin Turner’s pop-out, Suter walked Max Muncy to load the bases. Still struggling to find the zone, Suter walked Will Smith on four-pitches to bring home the game’s first run. Cody Bellinger flew-out softly, but AJ Pollock’s two-out walk scored another, putting LA ahead 2-0. Edwin Ríos grounded-out to finish the inning with no further damage. Avisail Garcia singled to open the second, but Buehler struck-out a pair to strand him. Chris Taylor pulled an extra base hit down the line to begin the home half, and Betts’ hustle double extended the Dodgers’ lead to 3-0. Muncy walked, but Eric Yardley entered and escaped the jam unscathed. Buehler walked Keston Hiura in the third, but worked around it with strike-outs of Omar Narvaez and Braun. LA went down in order in their half, sending the game to the fourth. Buehler struck-out his former-teammate, Jedd Gyorko, before allowing a double to Daniel Vogelbach. After getting the second out, Buehler was ahead of Orlando Arcia 0-2. He missed his spot and left a juicy fastball that Arcia didn’t miss, crushing a two-run home run to get Milwaukee on the board, 3-2. Buehler, visibly frustrated with his mistake, proceeded to walk Eric Sogard before punching-out Hiura to conclude his day. With Dave Roberts still keeping an eye on Buehler’s recent blister issues, he was pulled after four. Until the mistake, Buehler was outstanding: 4IP, 2ER, 3H, 2BB, 8K. Taylor and Betts both struck-out in a very quiet home half. Julio Urías, despite Yelich’s one-out knock, struck-out a pair in a scoreless top of the fifth. Justin Topa pitched a clean frame to end the inning. In the sixth, Garcia’s bloop single turned into a double due to Muncy’s misplay. Urías, however, managed to strand the runner and keep the Dodgers in front. Bellinger led-off the bottom of the inning with a sharp base hit; however, Pollock’s double-play erased it. Yelich doubled with two-down in the seventh, but Urías kept him there. Betts flew-out to the warning track in LA’s half, but Seager’s fly-ball traveled way over the center field wall — a 447ft solo bomb to make it 4-2 Dodgers. Blake Treinen got the first two outs of the eighth prior to Garcia’s grounder beating the shift. Treinen responded with a dirty slider to complete a three-pitch strike-out of Arcia. Pollock’s two-bagger was all for LA offensively, and Kenley Jansen was called upon in the ninth. Jansen pitched to two soft outs, but then walked a batter to bring Yelich to the plate as the tying run. Jansen, after initially getting away with a middle-middle cutter, got Yelich swinging to end the ballgame, celebrating his 33rd birthday with a spectacular present — a save.
Julio Urías’ three scoreless innings of work cannot be overlooked as the boys in blue hold on and defeat the Brewers in the Wild Card opener from Dodger Stadium. Tomorrow, the Dodgers will look to close out the series, while Milwaukee pushes for a winner-take-all game three. LA must get the job done, and they’ll rely on none other than the three time Cy Young Award winner, Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw, while struggling a bit in his final start, comes off of a magnificent regular season where he was 6-2 with a 2.16 ERA. Brandon Woodruff, who starts for the Brew Crew, has similarly pitched very well in 2020. While his record is 3-5, Woodruff sports an ERA of 3.05 and a sub-one WHIP. He also struck-out 91 batters in 73.2 innings, displaying his great stuff. Back again on ESPN, 7:08pm first pitch. Go Dodgers!
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