NLCS Game 4 Recap


Final Score: MIL- 1 LAD- 2
WP: Julio Urias
LP: Junior Guerra

Top of the 1st:

Lorenzo Cain started game 4 out by striking out to Dodgers’ veteran starter, Rich Hill. MVP candidate, Christian Yelich, followed Cain’s at-bat by grounding out to first base. Ryan Braun made the 3rd out of the inning by flying out to center field. A quick 1-2-3 inning.

Bottom of the 1st:

Brewers’ starter, Gio Gonzalez, started his outing by walking Dodgers’ leadoff hitter, Chris Taylor. Everybody knows walking the leadoff man in any inning is never good. Justin Turner was next in the order and hit a dinky ground ball to Gonzalez where the only play was at 1st base. The next batter, David Freese, was hit by a pitch in the foot. Manny Machado batted in the cleanup spot and flew out to Jesus Aguilar in foul territory. With 2 outs, Brian Dozier roped a single to left field that scored Taylor. Kike Hernandez then flew out to right field leaving 2 runners on base.

Top of the 2nd:

Jesus Aguilar lead off the 2nd inning with a walk on 6 pitches. After the walk, Moustakas seemed impatient at the plate and flew out in foul territory. Jonathan Schoop, making his first NLCS start, was up to bat after “Moose.” He struck out on a nasty curveball thrown by Rich Hill. Manny Pina, who was 2-5 at the plate in the postseason prior to this at-bat, continued getting on base by generating a walk. The red-hot, Orlando Arcia, followed by flying out to Yasiel Puig in right field. Inning over.

Bottom of the 2nd:

Craig Counsell left Gonzalez in the game to pitch the 2nd even after a rocky 1st inning. Yasiel Puig was the first to bat and hit a “swinging bunt” that allowed him to reach first safely. Next, Austin Barnes was up to bat and Gio started him out with a ball. Gonzalez looked to be in pain, and in a shocking turn of events, exited the game with an ankle injury. Mid-season surprise, Freddy Peralta, came in to pitch. He inherited a 1-0 count on Austin Barnes, then proceeded to walk him. Two men on, nobody out. In an obvious sacrifice situation, pitcher, Rich Hill, bunted straight back to Peralta and he was able to get the lead out at 3rd. With one out, Chris Taylor came up to bat for the 2nd time, and Peralta struck him out. Following the strikeout, Dodgers’ game 2 hero, Justin Turner, walked to load the bases. Max Muncy, pinch-hitting for David Freese, came up to bat next and struck out looking on 4 pitches. Freddy Peralta and the Milwaukee Brewers were able to get out of the 2nd leaving three runners on base.

Top of the 3rd:

Freddy Peralta lead off the 3rd inning by grounding out to second base. After pitching good in the 2nd, Counsell wanted to send Peralta back on the mound. Leadoff hitter, Lorenzo Cain, struck out a second time for another out. Up next, Christian Yelich, who seems to get on base every game, walked with 2 outs. The fourth batter of the inning, Ryan Braun, ended the inning by grounding out hard to Justin Turner, who made a great play on the ball.

Bottom of the 3rd:

All-Star, Manny Machado, grounded out to best friend, Jonathan Schoop, to start the Dodgers’ half of the 3rd. Batting second in this half inning, Brian Dozier, earned a walk off Freddy Peralta. Dozier then stole second base because of a bad throw by Manny Pina. With a runner in scoring position and 1 out, Kike Hernandez struck out looking on a curveball. Yasiel Puig, up to bat with 2 outs, fouled off a lot of pitches and then struck out on a perfectly located fastball on the outside corner.

Top of the 4th:

Jesus Aguilar batted first for the Brewers in the top of the 4th. He got Milwaukee’s first hit of the night by lining a single into right field. Mike Moustakas followed up Aguilar’s single by striking out. Schoop was up to bat next and grounded out into a double play. Through 4 innings, Rich Hill looked great as the Brewers could not generate enough baserunners to put any pressure on him.

Bottom of the 4th:

Craig Counsell stayed with Freddy Peralta and he struck out Austin Barnes on three pitches to start the inning. The second batter, Rich Hill, tried to throw everybody off guard by bunting but he was thrown out by Peralta who made the easy play. Chris Taylor, who so far scored the only run of the game, ended the inning when he struck out looking. This was the first inning Milwaukee had where nobody reached base safely.

Top of the 5th:

Rich Hill started the 5th by striking out Manny Pina on a questionable called third strike. After the strikeout, Arcia continued his hot streak by hitting a single up the middle. Hitting in the 9 spot, Domingo Santana entered the game to pinch hit for Freddy Peralta and hit a double into right center field that scored Arcia. Cain quickly made the second out of the inning when he went first pitch swinging and grounded out to shortstop. Christian Yelich stepped up to the plate with 2 outs and a runner on second but he struck out swinging to end the inning.

Bottom of the 5th:

Corbin Burnes entered the game for the Brewers after Santana pinch-hit for pitcher, Freddy Peralta. Burnes started his outing by striking out Justin Turner on a 97 MPH fastball. Max Muncy walked up to the plate after the strikeout and grounded out into the Milwaukee shift. Corbin Burnes did not shy away from the third batter of the inning, Manny Machado, he went right after him. He struck out Machado looking to end the 5th. Machado did not like the call and argued with the home plate umpire until manager, Dave Roberts, had to intervene.

Top of the 6th:

Pedro Baez relieved Rich Hill in the 6th and his first batter was Ryan Braun. Braun was first pitch swinging and singled in between short and third. The next batter, Jesus Aguilar, struck out on a 3-2 split fingered fastball. “Moose” was the next batter and flew out to first baseman, Max Muncy. Schoop, who struck out and grounded into a double play earlier this game, made the final out of the inning by striking out for a second time.

Bottom of the 6th:

Corbin Burnes stayed in for a second inning and hit Brian Dozier to allow the leadoff man on. Cody Bellinger came in to pinch hit and immediately flew out to Ryan Braun in left field. Puig was the next batter up and struck out after falling down in the count, 0-2. To end the inning, Dozier tried to steal on the first pitch to Austin Barnes but Pina threw him out by a mile.

Top of the 7th:

Manny Pina lead off the 7th inning by hitting a double to the right center gap off Dodgers’ relief pitcher, Kenta Maeda. Arcia followed and was robbed of a hit by a sliding catch from Chris Taylor. Curtis Granderson pinch hit for Corbin Burnes and hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field that allowed Pina to advance to third base. With the lead runner on third base Lorenzo Cain faced new pitcher, Ryan Madson, and grounded out to second base to end the inning.

Bottom of the 7th:

Joakim Soria came into relief and quickly gave up a leadoff single to Austin Barnes. Soria got the next two batters out and had to face Justin Turner with a runner on first. Turner hit a liner to right field and Yelich made a spectacular catch falling over the barricade in foul territory to end the inning.

Top of the 8th:

Yelich lead off the 8th inning with an infield single off Ryan Madson. Braun struck out on three pitches in the next at-bat and failed to get the runner over. Next, Aguilar popped out to first base when he swung at the first pitch. A leadoff single proved to be nothing when Moustakas lined out to right field to end this Brew Crew half of the inning.

Bottom of the 8th:

Josh Hader pitched the 8th inning and gave up a leadoff single. He effortlessly got the next two guys out but gave up a hit to Cody Bellinger that put runners on the corners with 2 outs. Former MVP finalist, Matt Kemp, faced Hader but it isn’t 2011 and the lefty proved to be too much for the former All-Star and struck him out. Milwaukee escaped a minor scare and kept the game tied going into the 9th.

Top of the 9th:

Kenley Jansen started the 9th inning and instantly made his presence known by making a great play off the mound to get the leadoff man, Jonathan Schoop, out. Manny Pina got on base for the third time when he drew a walk in the next at-bat. Once Pina got on base, Counsell used Hernan Perez as a pinch runner. On a 0-2 pitch, Arcia was able to put the ball in play and move Perez to second base. Travis Shaw came up to the plate as a pinch hitter with 2 outs and a runner on second but struck out.

Bottom of the 9th:

Corey Knebel fell down in the count 3-1 to his first batter, Austin Barnes, but was able to get him to ground out to Arcia for the first out of the inning. Then, Knebel got Joc Pederson to strike out swinging but walked Chris Taylor on 8 pitches. 2 outs, runner on first, Justin Turner up to bat. Knebel threw one pitch to him and was able to get Turner to line out to center field.

Top of the 10th:

Around midnight (central time) Lorenzo Cain lead off with an out to right field against Kenley Jansen. The ball was hit shallow and Cody Bellinger made a ridiculous diving catch to take away a hit. Momentum stayed with the Dodgers because on the very next pitch, Yelich broke his bat and popped out to third base. A 2 out single by Ryan Braun kept the inning alive. He stole second base with Aguilar up to bat and got into scoring position. However, it did not matter because Jansen made quick work of the big first baseman and struck him out.

Bottom of the 10th:

The bottom of the 10th started with Junior Guerra striking out Max Muncy on 5 pitches. This is where things get controversial. Guerra got Machado to ground out to short and when he was running through the base, it looked like Machado purposely kicked through Aguilar’s leg/ankle. This caused Aguilar to get heated and benches to clear. Nothing more happened except I am now convinced Manny Machado is the dirtiest player in the MLB. After that, Brian Dozier struck out. Inning over.

Top of the 11th:

Moustakas started the 11th by grounding out against Alex Wood. Jonathan Schoop followed suit and grounded out as well. Erik Kratz did not put up a fight either as he struck out on a curveball in the dirt. Not much happening this inning for the Crew.

Bottom of the 11th:

Guerra came out in the bottom of the 11th and was able to get leadoff man, Cody Bellinger, to strike out. Yasmani Grandal was the second batter in the inning and Junior was able to strike him out too. Austin Barnes, flew out to Aguilar in foul territory to end the 11th.

Top of the 12th:

Dylan Floro came in to pitch the 12th inning for the Dodgers. The first batter he faced was Orlando Arcia and he grounded out to third on 1 pitch. Junior Guerra, the second batter of the inning, worked the count but ultimately struck out. Lorenzo Cain made the final out of the inning by striking out as well.

Bottom of the 12th:

After a dominant 11th inning, Guerra came out to pitch the bottom of the 12th. The first batter, Joc Pederson, grounded out to Arcia who made a nice play ranging towards the middle to make the out. Next, Chris Taylor hit a weak pop-up to Jesus Aguilar. Justin Turner made the final out of the inning by grounding out to Jonathan Schoop.

Top of the 13th:

Around 1:00 AM (central time), Christian Yelich lead off the 13th inning with a ground out to second against Julio Urias. Former MVP, Ryan Braun, was the next batter and hit a rocket of a single into left field. This was the first hard hit ball Milwaukee had in multiple innings. Jesus Aguilar followed Braun in the order and hit a deep fly ball to center but it was caught for an out. Moustakas made the final out in the top of the 13th inning when he struck out looking.

Bottom of the 13th:

Craig Counsell had full confidence sending Guerra out in the 13th inning considering nobody was warming up in the bullpen. Max Muncy made a loud out number one by lining out to Braun in left field. Manny Machado was swinging for the fences. He did not hit a homerun but he settled for a line drive single to left. The second out came when Dozier hit a foul ball that “Moose” caught close to the dodgers’ dugout. Bellinger was the next man up to bat and Guerra’s first pitch to him was a wild pitch that allowed Machado to advance to second base. The long night did not end in Milwaukee’s favor because on a 3-2 count, Bellinger hit a ball into right field that dropped in front of Yelich. Christian made a good play on the ball and made an even better throw but it wasn’t enough to get Machado out at the plate.


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