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The Dodgers entered Game 7 one victory away from a return to the World Series, but it wasn’t to
be: Hyun-jin Ryu was hittable early, the Brewers racked up the doubles, and their bullpen held
the Dodgers scoreless from the moment Wade Miley left the game until Game 7was over.
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We’ll have a decisive Game 7 on Saturday night, and the Brewers will have themselves a fully
rested Josh Hader and Joakim Soria to follow their best starter, Jhoulys Chacin. A frustrating
loss for the Dodgers, but they do still have Game 7 to atone and return to the Fall Classic, as
if Game 7 never happened.
We live blogged the whole game, so if you want to catch up or relive it blow-by-blow, you can do
Dodgers vs. Brewers Game 7 NLCS Live Results
Hello, it’s Marc Normandin here to live blog us all through the postseason. Want to read this
live blog from the beginning? Scroll down to the “1st inning” marker and work your way back up!
9th inning: The Dodgers have three outs left to avoid a Game 7, but they now need to score at
least five runs to make that happen. They’ll have to face Burnes once again: he threw just 12
pitches last inning, and will likely have some wiggle room here to avoid using Hader or Soria,
leaving them both fully rested for Game 7 on Saturday.
It’ll be Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, and whichever player on the Dodgers’ bench pinch-hits for
Rich Hill this inning. Pederson strikes out on four pitches, and man, Burnes can bring it. Two
outs left for the Dodgers in Game 7.
Puig swings at the first pitch, but it rolls foul. Burnes strikes him out in the end: This
Brewers pen is weaponized, g*****n. Los Angeles is down to their final out, and they’re sending
pinch-hitter Matt Kemp up to the plate to try to keep things going.
Alas, Kemp pops out in foul territory, and that’s that. See you here tomorrow night for Game 7,
folks: the Brewers win 7-2.
8th inning: Justin Turner made an out while I was in my kitchen, but I knew he made an out
because I heard booing start, which meant Machado was coming up to the plate. Machado also makes
an out, and he’s 0-for-4 on the night. More like, uh, B00-for-4? Let me work on that.
The Dodgers have four outs left to come back and avoid a Game 7, by the way.
Three outs, now, as Bellinger flies out to center. Josh Hader was shown in the bullpen, but with
a four-run lead, the Brewers might not even need to use their top relief ace. And that could have
major Game 7 implications, given Hader can go long. And on a night when Jhoulys Chacin,
Milwaukee’s best starter, will pitch.
Here are the Brewers in the bottom of the frame, once again against Maeda. Cain leads off with a
single — each run makes it much more likely Hader doesn’t pitch.
Cain’s single ends Maeda’s night: here’s Rich Hill in relief, to face Christian Yelich. I know
Yelich rules, and he definitely deserves to be NL MVP, but he’s also got a 494 OPS in the
postseason so far. It’s impressive the Brewers have gotten this far without his help in October,
but they sure could still use it.
Yelich walks! That’s two on for Braun, and no outs. Braun strikes out, which brings up pinch-
hitter Hernan Perez for Travis Shaw. Perez grounds into a force out, but the Dodgers fail to turn
the double play, and the next batter, Aguilar, drives in a run to make it 7-2. Hader better not
be coming out of that pen next frame, because there is legitimately no reason for it.
Moustakas grounds out to end the inning, but man. The Brewers get to send Burnes to the mound
again, and might get out of this game without using either of Hader or Joakim Soria. 7-2,
7th inning: The Brewers change their pitcher, too, adding in Jeremy Jeffress. He hasn’t had a
great postseason! That’s just a bad two weeks, basically, so it’s unclear if it means a thing.
Things start off well here with a popup to Kratz. The Dodgers are pretty close to where I can
start saying things like, “The Dodgers are running out of outs.”
Yasmani Grandal is pinch-hitting for Caleb Ferguson, so we’ll have yet another Dodgers pitcher in
the bottom half of the inning. Grandal hasn’t hit and he hasn’t fielded well, whcih is who he’s
in pinch-hitting duty: congrats on being more reliable than a reliever with a bat, basically.
That’s just the position you want to be in before hitting free agency, for sure.
Grandal hits a routine fly ball to Braun, and you have to imagine that’s that for his evening.
Here’s Max Muncy, who has been more like Min Muncy in the postseason: he’s got a 476 OPS in
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Muncy struck out swinging. 5-2, Brewers heading into the seventh inning stretch.
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It’s Kenta Maeda on the mound for the Dodgers now. He’s their seventh pitcher of the game. One
for each inning, sort of! Grandal remained in the game as the catcher, after all.
Aguilar is not proving an easy opponent for Maeda to begin his outing: on the 11th pitch of the
at-bat, Aguilar drops a fly ball into the corner in right, and it’s a double. Well, maybe: the
Dodgers are challenging so they can hope for that dumb dumb dumb thing where Aguilar might have
come off the base for 1/100th of a second during his slide and they want the call reversed.
I don’t mind video review conceptually but this s**t is awful. The call on the field stands.
The Dodgers intentionally walk Moustakas here to get to Kratz, who is now pinch-hitter Curtis
Granderson. Putting an extra runner on when you’re only down by three and Moose isn’t exactly an
elite bat is a weird call, but hey, it’s not my NLCS.
Granderson strikes out, bringing up Arcia. Arcia just screamed on national television on the
third pitch, and here’s why:
Arcia grounds out, and the Brewers are using Domingo Santana to pinch-hit now with two runners in
ahahaha you have got to be s******g me, Grandal fails to block a slider in the dirt, and the
Brewers score a run. It’s now 6-2. That one is more on Maeda than Grandal — it’s a wild pitch and
not a passed ball for a reason — but still, yeesh. Santana ends up striking out, but he “drove” a
run in before then. 6-2 Brewers after seven.
6th inning: I know the sixth inning is starting but I’m still thinking about how weird it is that
Knebel hit with the bases loaded in a three-run game. I know the Brewers need to worry about Game
7, but they need to win Game 6 first.
Bellinger grounds out to Aguilar at first to begin the inning, and then Joc Pederson pinch-hits
for Chris Taylor. Ow ow ow ow ow, Pederson got hit on the hand by a 96 mph fastball. He’s staying
in the game, but just to reiterate: ow.
Puig flies out to center field, so here’s Austin B
a groundout, but on the other hand, he’s not Yasmani Grandal, as you probably noticed due to the
lack of passed balls and brain farts behind the plate.
Knebel shows why his manager stuck with him, striking out Barnes to end the top of the sixth. The
Brewers go back to the top of the order in the bottom of the frame: Cain, Yelich, and Braun.S