MILWAUKEE – A colorful, a catch and two bombs. Pure baseball magic. And some seasoning.
The Dodgers took care of the Bullpenny & Brewers on Saturday night, beating them in their own stadium in every baseball game and winning Game 7 of the NLCS 5-1 at Miller Park, and they now have a date with the angry Red Sox, starting on Tuesday at Fenway Park in the World Series.
This was a redemption game for the Dodgers.
Manny Machado set the tone with a full-count-colored single in the second inning and set the stage for Cody Bellinger's 425-foot, two run-home run to the right. Machado was ruthlessly booed here in the last two games and he increased his game.
He actually hunted.
"There is no better feeling," Machado said, going to his first World Series. "It feels even better to get the last laugh."
As for that, Machado said he did it because Jhouly's Chacin tried to beat him quickly.
Machado made himself a lightning rod for criticism with his comments about not wanting to be "Johnny Hustle" and then kicking Jesus Aguilar in the first jump in Game 4.
He gave the Brewers fans a not so subtle message after his thick single when he first grabbed his step.
"All I heard was that Manny sucks," Machado said of this second-in-hand gesture. "I just enjoyed what they said, take everything in. They'll always boast the best, I play baseball, I love it, there's no better feeling than celebrating."
In the fifth round, at who threatened the Brewers with two outs and Lorenzo Cain on second base, Christian Yelich failed with a shot in the left midfield. Chris Taylor, who started the second base game, dropped the ball and made a twisted jump for an incredible shot. He extended his Rawlings glove as far as possible to save the inning as Bellinger jumped over the outstretched Taylor.
"That was the game of the game," said Bellinger, who was named NLCS MVP.
That gave the Dodgers even more life and in the top of the sixth, after the Brewers Josh Hader had already used up Yasiel for three innings Puig fringed a ball home that ran over the left midfield fence to aid three more runs by helper Jeremy To get Jeffress.
Miller Park, the world's largest beer garden, fell silent as Puig made a DX-like step between the first and second on his way around the bases.
Let the children play, they say.
The fans came to give Machado, but in the end Machado and his Dodgers had the last laugh.
"I was a fan of Triple-X, that's Puig's thing," Machado said in champagne-crazed clubhouse Dodgers, culminating when left-leaning Rich Hill splashed champagne on him and blew him away like the Brewers
Manny loved it.
He also loved the Puig Home Run.
"It was great," Machado said. "Yasiel is great. Everyone here is close. That they allowed me to join this group was a blessing.
The Brewers' sack of bullpen tricks had expired, and the Dodgers returned to the World Series for the second year in a row, promising at the end of the regular season that the Dodgers would win this time after the Astros defeated them seven games last year.
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The Dodgers talked about their depths all season long helped them survive the talented Brewers who tried to re-invent baseball after the season by relying on relievers and making starters to complement pieces.
The Dodgers got a strong start from rookie right-hander Walker Buehler, who owns it managed to go 4 / / Inn innings, which is practically a complete game compared to the Brewers.
The game has changed in many ways, but it always comes even to great pitching performances, great dramas and big hits like Bellingers and Puigs Homeruns.  Ace Clayton Kershaw came in ninth when the Dodgers left no doubt that they have made their eleventh trip to the World Series since leaving Brooklyn.
The LA stars shine and do their thing.