Dodgers Go Ahead 3-2 In NLCS Behind Strong Kershaw Start

Behind the Box Score Jhoulys Chacin dominates and Orlando Arcia stays hot

LOS ANGELES - Everyone around Chris Taylor was seemingly being ushered to one media obligation or another after the Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the National League Championship Series and put themselves one win away from the World Series. Craig Counsell allowed starter Wade Miley to pitch to one batter (a walk to Cody Bellinger) before he removed him for Brandon Woodruff with no outs in the first inning.

Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger (35) hits an RBI single to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers in the thirteenth inning in game four of the 2018 NLCS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw said Tuesday he has yet to choose whether he will exercise the opt-out clause in his contract this offseason.

"To go back to Milwaukee up 3-2 as opposed to being down 3-2 is huge for us", Kershaw said. Milwaukee scored in the fifth and was held scoreless for the next eight frames.

On Tuesday, Gonzalez lasted just one full inning, landing awkwardly on his ankle while attempting to field a comebacker from Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig in the second.

Overall he surrendered one earned run on three hits with two walks and nine strikeouts to rebound from his lackluster performance in Game 1, in which he was the losing pitcher. "We've got some good contributions from guys at the bottom". "I think it was the first time I ever got mobbed out in the outfield". The Dodgers could only muster five hits and struck out 14 times in a game that was largely uncompetitive. In Game 1, he went two innings, giving up a home run to Manny Machado. He then gave way to Ryan Madson, who allowed back-to-back two-out doubles, with Curtis Granderson's driving in a run. Justin Turner delivered an RBI single in the inning as part of an afternoon he reached base three times. "It was huge to get to third base, less than two outs, give us a shot to do some things, and him going to second base on the errant throw was big".

Los Angeles extended the lead to 5-1 in the seventh on Turner's RBI single that scored Kershaw, who walked, and pinch-hitter Brian Dozier's RBI groundout. Milwaukee promptly won its final seven regular-season games and an NL Central tiebreaker against the Chicago Cubs to earn its first division title since 2011, and the Brewers did more than enough at the plate in a sweep of Colorado in the Division Series. Their only loss came in the 1952 World Series against the Yankees.

And when Bellinger finally ended it, the only NLCS game that had lasted longer was the New York Mets' 15-inning victory over Atlanta in Game 5 in 1999, which took 5 hours, 46 minutes.

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