Clayton Kershaw bounced back from one of his worst postseason starts with one of his best, pitching the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Wednesday to move one win from a return trip to the World Series.
Taylor's hustle in running to first, which helped cause the error, advancing to second and then stealing third was nearly infectious, as a series of little things helped the Dodgers win a second consecutive playoff game without hitting a home run.
Despite struggling on offense for almost three full games at Los Angeles, the Dodgers still managed consecutive victories, taking Game 4 on Tuesday by a 2-1 score in 13 innings.
The Brewers were first to strike in this battle between the two best in the National League. Domingo Santana contributed an RBI pinch-hit double. Junior Guerra took the loss in relief as he surrendered one earned run on two hits with four strikeouts and no walks over 3 2/3 innings. It paid off as he drew a second walk in the game, which was followed by Bellinger slicing a double to the left-center field gap.
The slumping Bellinger, who began the night 1 for 21 in these playoffs, was chased all the way into left field by teammates. He says he was "really frustrated" following a 4-0 loss to the Brewers on Monday at Dodger Stadium.
Wade Miley (5-2, 2.57 ERA) will start today for the Brewers, while Los Angeles will turn to Kershaw (9-5, 2.73).
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.
Milwaukee put the potential go-ahead run on third in the seventh before Cain grounded out against Dylan Floro.
The Dodgers had runners at the corners in the eighth against hard-throwing Josh Hader, who pitched for the second consecutive day. "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". With fans on their feet, pinch-hitter Travis Shaw struck out with a runner on third to end the inning. Ryan Braun worked a walk to load the bases with two outs but Kershaw escaped the jam by striking out Jesús Aguilar.
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.
"It's a dirty play by a dirty player", Yelich said.
"It was huge", shortstop Manny Machado said. Machado said they go back to their days in the minors. "He's a great guy".