The Dodgers defeated the Brewers 5-1 and are headed to their second straight World Series! The Dodgers will face the Red Sox starting on Tuesday.
The Dodgers have won the pennant! The Dodgers have won the National League pennant for the second consecutive season and the 23rd time in their franchise history. The Dodgers will try to win their seventh World Series title against the Boston Red Sox with the series starting in Boston on Tuesday.
The game did not start out on the right foot for the Dodgers as Christian Yelich hit a home run just over the glove of Yasiel Puig. Walker Buehler settled in after that and Cody Bellinger hit a two run home run in the second inning that ultimately put the Dodgers up for good for the remainder of the game.
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Walker Buehler wasn’t his sharpest but he did enough to keep the Dodgers in the lead and get the game into the hands of the Dodger bullpen. Walker allowed six hits but struck out seven batters in less than five innings and did not walk a single batter. Despite the zero walks, he fell behind on plenty of Brewer batters and will look to improve on this start in the World Series.
Buehler ended up pitching 4 2/3 innings and was pulled after a double by Lorenzo Cain with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Julio Urias came into the game and pitched in back to back games for the first time in his career. Urias got Yelich out as Chris Taylor made a sensational sliding catch in the left center gap that swung momentum to the Dodgers.
In the very next inning Yasiel Puig unloaded an epic three run home run to center field that deflated Miller Park and the Brewers’ World Series hopes. The homer was easily the biggest home run in Yasiel Puig’s career and must have felt great to a player who has been highly criticized throughout his career, and unfairly at that.
The rest of the game was managed on the fly by Dave Roberts as he brought Kenley Jansen in with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, and he pitched the eighth inning before being pinch hit for in the top of the ninth inning. Clayton Kershaw entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning and secured the Dodgers’ second straight trip to the World Series.