On the 30th anniversary of the magical home run by Kirk Gibson in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series that propelled the Los Angeles Dodgers to their last World Series title, they would be looking for the same kind of magic tonight, as the Milwaukee Brewers came to town for Game 3 of a tied best of seven series. Walker Buehler would be on the mound for the Dodgers, as the Brewers sent right-hander Jhoulys Chacin to the hill, who the Dodgers lit up for 9 runs the last time they faced him. It would not be a repeat of that day, however, as the Brewers scored first and didn’t look back, holding off a ninth inning rally for a 4-0 victory to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
The Dodgers would be retired in order in the 1st inning, when the 2nd inning would be a sign of things to come for the LA offense. Manny Machado led off the inning with a sharp single into left. After Cody Bellinger hit into a fielder’s choice, Puig doubled getting Cody to 3rd. Yasmani Grandal with the infield playing back would strike out for the second out of the inning. Brewers Manager Craig Counsell chose to walk Kike Hernandez to load the bases, and Walker Buehler promptly struck out to leave the bases loaded.
As Walker Buehler continued to cruise through the 5th inning, the Dodgers next scoring chance would come in the bottom half of the inning when Grandal blooped a double into shallow left-field that somehow bounced into the seats for a leadoff ground-rule double. He would not advance passed 2nd base in the inning when Hernandez flied out, Buehler struck out, and Joc Pederson flied out to center.
The top half of the 6th inning would start innocently enough for Buehler as he got the first two batters on two pitches, then Travis Shaw hit a 2-0 pitch off the center field wall for a triple, and would score on a wild pitch to make it 2-0. The Dodgers would leave Justin Turner on 2nd base in the bottom of the 6th after a Moustakas error didn’t harm Milwaukee.
The Brewers would add on two more in the 7th on an Orlando Arcia 2-run home run extending the Milwaukee lead to 4-0. That remained the score heading to the bottom of the 9th inning where Turner led off with a ground ball single up the middle, followed by a double from Machado, advancing Turner to 3rd. Bellinger would pop out to the shortstop, and Puig walked loading the bases once again for the Dodgers. Yasmani Grandal came to the plate representing the tying run, and a chance to atone for his miserable series, thus far. It was not to be as he struck out for the second out. Brian Dozier would follow suit with a strike out of his own to finish the game, stranding three more runners on base for a total of 8 on the night, 6 of which were left in scoring position. Heading to a very important Game 4 for the Dodgers, they’ll be sending Rich Hill to even the series. No announced starter has been set for the Milwaukee Brewers. (Note, the Brewers have announced it’s Gio Gonzalez)