Postseason Dose:Do or Die Time

Postseason Dose:Do or Die Time
Dave Shovein recaps the Brewers' staving off elimination and previews Saturday's do-or-die Game 7 of the NLCS in Saturday's Postseason Dose.
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Cody Bellinger was named NLCS MVP after the Dodgers' Game 7 win over the Brewers on Saturday.

Bellinger hit what was the game-winning homer in the second inning, a two-run jack off Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin that gave the Dodgers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He hit just .200 in the series, with four RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases, but the stakes and importance of his Game 7 homer clearly impressed the judges in choosing him as the series MVP. Bellinger and the Dodgers will advance to take on the Red Sox in the World Series, which begins Tuesday in Boston.
Oct 20 - 11:47 PM

Clayton Kershaw fired a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to close out the Dodgers' NLCS Game 7 win over the Brewers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before the game that Kershaw was a near certainty to pitch at some point, and with a four-run lead he called on his ace to get the final three outs. Kershaw did it with the ease of a long-time closer, getting Travis Shaw to ground out before fanning Jesus Aguilar and Mike Moustakas to end it. The inning was such a breeze for Kershaw -- 15 pitches, nine strikes, little stress -- that it's a near lock that he'll turn around and start Tuesday's World Series Game 1 against the Red Sox in Boston. What a game that should be, too, with Kershaw squaring off against Chris Sale in a battle of two of the game's best.
Oct 20 - 11:37 PM

Christian Yelich hit a solo home run in the first inning of Saturday's NLCS Game 7 loss to the Dodgers.

Yelich yanked a Walker Buehler fastball just over the right field wall -- and the straining glove of right fielder Yasiel Puig -- to energize the Miller Park crowd and give the Brewers an early lead. It would be one of the last things the crowd had to cheer about, as it was all Dodgers from that point on. For his part, Yelich finished the postseason with a pair of homers and just three RBI in 10 games, a disappointing output for the potential NL MVP. His relative struggles in the postseason don't diminish what was a breakout regular season for the 26-year-old, who will enter next spring as a likely first-round draft pick in fantasy leagues.
Oct 20 - 11:31 PM

Cody Bellinger hit a two-run home run, stole a base and scored twice in the Dodgers' NLCS Game 7 win over the Brewers on Saturday.

It's perhaps not the homer everyone will remember -- Yasiel Puig took care of that with a back-breaking three-run shot in the sixth inning, crotch-chopping his way around the bases -- but Bellinger's two-run blast in the second inning ended up being the difference in the game. It was a big one at the time, too, an answer to Christian Yelich's solo homer in the bottom of the first inning that gave the Brewers an early lead. Bellinger's two-run bomb off Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin changed all that. It was a good time for his first homer this postseason, and easily the biggest of his five hits through the team's 11 games. Bellinger is batting just .139/.244/.250 in those 11 games but will have a shot at improving upon those numbers when he and his Dodgers teammates square off with the Red Sox in next week's World Series.
Oct 20 - 11:30 PM

Walker Buehler allowed a lone run over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision in Saturday's NLCS Game 7 victory over the Brewers.

Christian Yelich turned around a Buehler fastball in the first inning to give the Brewers an early lead, but the young right-hander was nails from there on. He did scatter six hits, but Buehler struck out seven without issuing a walk in the outing. He was a batter away from qualifying for the win, but a Lorenzo Cain single with two outs in the fifth inning prompted manager Dave Roberts to call on Julio Urias to face Yelich. Through three postseason starts, the 24-year-old now has 22 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings of work. He'll surely get at least one more as the Dodgers move on to face the Red Sox in the World Series, which begins Tuesday.
Oct 20 - 11:29 PM

Jhoulys Chacin pitched two innings, allowing a two-run home run among three hits and a walk, in taking the loss in Saturday's Game 7 of the NLCS against the Dodgers.

Chacin worked around a one-out walk to get through the first inning unharmed, but he was less fortunate in the second. After Manny Machado bunted for a hit, Cody Bellinger launched a two-run homer to deep right to give the Dodgers the lead. He'd allowed just one run in his previous three starts combined, accounting for 16 innings in those three starts, but in the win-or-go-home Game 7 manager Craig Counsell had to be proactive and yanked Chacin after those two innings. The 30-year-old enjoyed a tremendously successful year in 2018, going 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA in 35 regular season starts and winning both his postseason starts before Saturday. He'll be back with the Brewers in 2019 on a $6.75 million deal that now looks like a steal for the Milwaukee club.
Oct 20 - 11:28 PM

Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run to lead the Dodgers to a 5-1 win in Saturday's NLCS Game 7 against the Brewers.

Puig's night began when he doubled down the right field line in the second inning, and with the Dodgers nursing a one-run lead in the sixth he delivered the biggest blow of the contest with a three-run blast over the left-center field wall. He was hitting .240 with one RBI and two runs scored in 10 postseason games before Saturday's outburst, now batting .310/.412/.517 in 11 playoff contests. Love him or hate him, he's a talent and will once again have a chance to shine on the biggest stage when the World Series starts Tuesday in Boston.
Oct 20 - 11:28 PM

Chris Sale said Saturday that irritation from a belly-button ring caused him to miss his start in Game 5 of the ALCS.

"I had irritation from a belly-button ring, just constantly taking it in and out, causing irritation and got a rash down there," Sale said with a straight face on Saturday at Fenway Park. "Had to take care of that. Doctors and nurses over at MGH were awesome. Things happen, you handle them and keep moving forward." It's both a ridiculous-sounding explanation and one that Boston media is repeating without much further investigation, so we'll pass it along. Whatever the reason, Sale has since recovered and is on track to start Tuesday's World Series Game 1.
Oct 20 - 6:51 PM
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