The Milwaukee Brewers could be up 2-0 in the NLCS. But with one swing of the bat, Justin Turner would change all that. Now the Dodgers have their split as they get ready for three straight in L.A., starting tonight.
— MLB (@MLB) October 13, 2018
After striking out four times and recording an error in Game 1, Turner would make Dodgers fans forget about all that. Following the loss, Milwaukee fans didn’t stop questioning manager Craig Counsell’s decision to pull Wade Miley with two outs in the sixth. After all, he had allowed just two hits (and zero runs) while mowing down 16 Dodgers straight at one point.
But at the same time, the Dodgers were coming to face him for the third time through. Outfielder Chris Taylor, in his third AB against Miley, ripped a hard single to center to end his day. Turner was waiting on deck to face him for the third time. So, Counsell did what he’s done all season — he went to the bullpen. It’s just that this time, it didn’t work. Corbin Burnes didn’t do his job. Jeremy Jeffress got out of the seventh with the lead but couldn’t preserve it. Things happen. It’s baseball.
The Dodgers are a very good baseball team. And the Brewers just finished with the best record in the National League. This series isn’t over yet — and the best-of-five starts tonight in L.A.
Milwaukee will send their most consistent starter all season, Jhoulys Chacín, to the mound on plenty of rest. The Dodgers will counter with Walker Buehler, who the Braves got to early in the ALDS.