At last, at least for one night, they did.
Bellinger's 13th-inning RBI single ended a marathon Game 4 and evened the National League Championship Series as the Dodgers went deep into the night for a 2-1 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. "I just felt we need to keep our highest leverage guys available for a potential Game 7".
"We're in a good spot, man", Counsell said.
"That's our motto down there: Anybody, anywhere, anytime", Knebel said."We're ready to go". But neither team will have any qualms about turning to its reinforcements early.
Pitching in 82-degree sunshine, Kershaw was well-rested and masterful in allowing one run and three hits over seven. Jansen, who has had the last two days off, can provide more than that.
Hader probably would have pitched if the Dodgers had threatened in the top of the eighth, but instead they went down in order against Corbin Burnes. So for the rest of the game, he still had to walk a hard tightrope of trying to allow his offense a chance to come back in Game 6 while still trying to keep his bullpen somewhat fresh to contribute in Game 7. The Dodgers earned their fifth extra-inning playoff victory in franchise history and their first since winning Game 4 of the 1988 NLCS against the New York Mets.
Machado didn't run out a grounder in Game 2, and then told Fox Sports 1 in an interview there was "no excuse" for not making more effort, but he wasn't the "type of player that's going to be Johnny Hustle and run down the line and slide to first base".
Jesus Aguilar led the way for the Brewers with three RBI, while Mike Moustakas, Erik Kratz and Ryan Braun also drove in runs. "Once I saw they were attacking me, it was just kind of grind mode and do what you can to put the ball in play and try to end this game".
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Roberts shared what his thought process was after the game. 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.
Throughout this postseason, we've been denied the decisive series finale, as not one of the four Division Series pairings nor the ALCS went the requisite length needed to prompt a do-or-die game for both sides. Austin Barnes is starting at catcher for the second straight game while Yasmani Grandal continues to struggle.
Roberts said at the start of the series that his bullpen took notice of the attention paid to Milwaukee's relief crops and that his relievers were taking the lack of attention to their own performance personally.
Buehler will become the fourth rookie in the last 30 years to start a Game 7, according to ESPN Stats & Information. 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.
"I don't really think about the one before".
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In the first inning, after the Dodgers scored first on a David Freese home run and Justin Turner singled, Machado struck out against starter Wade Miley. By the time he got his third out, the Brewers were up 4-1.
Now the Dodgers' season comes down to one question: Do they have another resurgence in them?