LOS ANGELES – There was no room for error, not with the way the Milwaukee Brewers stomped, not with the way the Los Angeles Dodgers beat, not with the gossamer edge separating profits from losses Time of the year.
But there was Cody Bellinger, who climbed the wall in midfield, misjudging a balloon until it was too late, and a triple hit over his outstretched glove. Then there was Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, two pitches later, bouncing off an ankle bend to turn this triple into a Brewers Run. And there were the Dodgers fumbling through the top of the sixth innings, giving them a run they could not afford, given how flat they were at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.
These mistakes helped the Brewers lead two games in a row in the National League Championship Series and showed how this match developed in their favor. They have 5ª scoreless innings of Jhouly's Chacin, though starting pitching is supposed to be the biggest advantage of the Dodgers. They kept coming up against the undecided, with Orlando Arcia beating his second home win in the series and the third in the playoffs with his shortstop, having scored only three goals in 1
The Walker Buehler offered no support before he folded in front of Corey Knebel, Joakim Soria, Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress of the Brewers' Shutdown Bullpensie.
"In the playoffs you had to have it, and today it just was not anymore." "Our day," said Dodgers second baseman Enrique Hernandez. "We had no energy, the stadium had no energy, the fans had no energy, so on the whole it was a pretty bad day for all who call themselves Dodgers."
The Dodgers are a team burdened by the expectation of whether the players want to admit it, or even if it counts only once the bat has buried, the pitcher is set and the ball is thrown. Clayton Kershaw wears the mistakes of the postseason in each of his playoff launches. Shortstop Manny Machado was brought to Los Angeles for just this distance, as Baseball's biggest acquisition in the midseason, as the last piece of the Dodgers jigsaw piece, and peak performances are expected. This team made it into the 2017 World Series, so it will not be a setback as they still have three wins before returning.
And it all became more intense on Monday night, for the players and the coaches and the fans who sat in their seats and stewed themselves until something new screamed. Buehler gave up a first-inning run, a Ryan Brown double, then held on to that deficit for four innings, pushing the radar gun with 98- and 99-mph fastballs. But the Los Angeles crime offered no compensation.
"It's the playoffs, it's increased, any mistake you can see," Buhler said. "So I have to be better."
Chacin used floorplans instead of crossovers. He left it to himself. He even managed the fifth inning with Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who was ready to go bullpen at any time because his pitch was low and the Dodgers could not hit him before he dropped out with an out in the sixth.
Soon Miss Bellinger Miss Travis Shaw's triple displeased Grandal could not play the ball in the dirt that brought Shaw home, and Arcia later heated up an inning, hurling a high arc into the right field line to free any remaining air from the stadium pick up . Buehler's night ended after seven innings, eight strikeouts and four earned runs that his teammates could not reach. They were hitless in 10 at-bats with runners in scoring position and could not train the home runs that drove their offensive during the regular season.
"Home runs are not there," said Bellinger. "And if the home runs are not there, we have to find a way to score without hitting the homerun, since myself, we need to be better at-bats, you really can not do anything about it now [Tuesday] show up and beat these guys. "
In the first two games in the series, the Dodgers scored no goals before the seventh inning and each time made a comeback. In Game 1, their advance fell short of a run, but showed they could produce against the Milwaukee Bullpen. In Game 2, the late rally ended with a two-run homer by Justin Turner, who helped the Dodgers knot the series before going home.
In Game 3, there was only an empty ninth inning rally that ended when Brian Dozier struck to load the bases. That was it's. The fans, at least for the most part, remained silent, at least until Grandal dropped an Alex Wood fastball that allowed Braun to take second place.
There was one in the eighth inning at this time. It was Grandal's third pass in the series and it came after a poor defensive performance in Game 1. But the Dodgers were already four runs behind and the mistakes would not change much now, not with the way the Brewers were still stomping with the way the Dodgers still failed.
"We want Austin, we want Austin!", The fans shouted and called for replacement catcher Austin Barnes. They had stopped themselves from wanting hits, runs, or anything else that stormed into Game 4 on Tuesday.
"It's a shit that nothing happens in the stands, and since the first inning, when Braun did the double, the stadium has been quiet for the rest of the evening," said Hernandez. "It's shit that they got loud just to show Yasmani."
At some point during Game 3, their standards had changed.