Why The Brewers Pulled Their SP After 5 Pitches vs

Kike Hernandez and Yasmani Grandal

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He said Tuesday he hasn't made a decision about his future. The Brewers were up only 1-0 at the time, but there have been moments in this series where that has seemed like an insurmountable deficit for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers and the Brewers are getting back in action after Tuesday night's 13-inning battle in Los Angeles. He allowed one earned run in seven innings in Game 5. That's made him one of the best pitchers of this generation, a three-time Cy Young Award victor, a seven-time all-star, the NL MVP in 2014 and the heartbeat of this franchise. Kershaw gave up five runs (four earned) in three-plus innings of Game 1.

Dodgers: For the Dodgers, it's pretty simple - win and you're going to the World Series for a second straight year. Yasmani Grandal's defensive shortcomings and incessant postseason strikeouts forced the Dodgers to start Barnes in back-to-back games in the National League Championship Series. Kershaw had the best postseason outing of his career in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Braves, allowing two hits over eight shutout innings.

"We're good for sure", Aguilar said. Max Muncy single to left field, sending Manny Machado to second and scoring Justin Turner. That knotted up the game, 1-1.

Taylor connected on a 97 miles per hour four-seam fastball for an infield single and was able to take second on a throwing error by Milwaukee shortstop Orlando Arcia.

Curtis Granderson hit an RBI double in the ninth.

After Ryan Braun walked two batters after Cain's RBI double, Kershaw (1-1) retired the final 13 batters he faced. Barnes broke the Dodgers' 0 for 7 streak with a runner on third and less than two outs in the NLCS while improving the team's batting average to.300 in the playoffs.

And while everyone loves to rag on him, think about this: The Dodgers ace has a better career postseason ERA (4.26) than Chris Sale (5.85), David Price (5.42), CC Sabathia (4.31) and Luis Severino (6.26).

The team that hit a franchise and NL-leading 235 home runs in the regular season did it playing small ball instead, driving in all but one of its runs on singles. Milwaukee got only two runners to third base, none after the seventh inning.

Los Angeles extended the lead to 5-1 in the seventh on Turner's RBI single that scored Kershaw, who walked, and pinch-hitter Brian Dozier's RBI groundout.

Foremost on Kershaw's mind will be Wednesday's 5:05 p.m. ET first pitch, when he once again confronts the Brewers, this time with the series tied 2-2.

"If they think they can do it, go ahead, put on your gear, and go catch 99 with breaking balls that have a lot of movement", Hernandez said, according to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN. Teams with a 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven NLCS have a 15-6 series record. Guerra had thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings before the last pitch.

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