The Dodgers entered today with a 3-2 series lead with a chance to go to the World Series. Hyun-Jin Ryu went against Wade Miley. The Dodgers had the man they wanted on the mound who has pitched very well lately. The game started off on the right foot as David Freese hit a solo shot off Wade Miley. Wade Miley has owned the Dodgers so with the Freese home run the Dodgers took a short lived 1-0 lead.
For anyone who maybe thought David Freese batting leadoff tonight was odd: pic.twitter.com/vOF98g4aSq
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 20, 2018
The wheels came off Ryu quickly. Lorenzo Cain hit an infield single to start the game. Christian Yelich then grounded out sending Cain to second. Ryan Braun then walked. Travis Shaw then struck out. Jesus Aguilar doubled with two strikes to score two runs. Mike Moustakas doubled with two strikes to score a run. Eric Kratz singled with two strikes to score a run and the score was 4-1. Ryu wasn’t sharp at all and became predictable and couldn’t finish off any hitters. His off-speed pitches were left hanging.
Everyone talking about Hader like he’s the difference. The Dodgers can’t hit ANY of these guys.
— Ben Rhau (@brhau) October 20, 2018
In the second inning, Christian Yelich hit a double. Ryan Braun then hit a double to score run and Milwaukee took a 5-1 lead. The game felt over at that point. Most of the game I had to listen to Joe Buck and John Smoltz talk about how great the Brewers are and how great Josh Hader is. In the fifth, David Freese doubled in Brian Dozier and the Dodgers scored a run. Max Muncy then walked. It was the Dodgers chance to get back in the game. Knebel came in and got Turner to fly out and Machado to strike out. That was game.
Conversely, this will be the 8th ever Gm7 & 12th winner-take-all #PostSeason game in #Dodgers history. Since dropping Gm7 of the 1947 World Series at NYY, LAD's 4-0 in winner-take-all road gms (2-0 in Gm7) https://t.co/ZItqDMRfMo
— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) October 20, 2018
Then David Freese was taken out. The guy is the most clutch hitter on the team and gets taken out. Later in the game Yasmani Grandal came in and had a passed ball that allowed a run to score. The Brewers added another run off Rich Hill. Final score 7-2.
David Freese needs to play tomorrow. I don’t want to see Yasmani Grandal anywhere near the field. The Dodgers will have to face Josh Hader tomorrow. Manny Machado and Justin Turner need to come up big tomorrow. Jhoulys Chacin will pitch tomorrow against Walker Buehler. All hands on deck to go on to face the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. I feel like the Brewers gave away game 5 and the Dodgers gave away game 6. The Dodgers need to score early. The Dodgers need to be patient with Chacin and Buehler needs to keep his calm.