LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts had two hits and an RBI, Corey Seager homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 within the opener of their NL wild-card sequence on Wednesday night time.
The eight-time West champion Dodgers capitalized early in a bullpen sport for the Brewers and may wrap up the best-of-three sequence on Thursday. Milwaukee — a playoff entrant regardless of a shedding file — limped into the postseason because the No. eight seed with out its greatest starter and reliever, who’re harm.
The Dodgers took a 2-Zero lead on a leadoff double by Betts and 4 walks by left-hander Brent Suter within the first, tying for probably the most walks by a pitcher in a single inning in postseason historical past. Betts scored when Will Smith drew a four-pitch stroll with the bases loaded. Seager walked and scored on AJ Pollock’s bases-loaded stroll.
Suter wanted 32 pitches to get out of the inning. The left-hander gave up three runs and three hits in 1 2/Three innings. His 5 walks had been a profession excessive, and he didn’t file a strikeout.
Chris Taylor doubled main off the second and scored on Betts’ double, making it 3-0. Max Muncy walked with two outs and Ryan Braun caught Smith’s drive to proper on the wall to finish the inning, doubtlessly saving three runs.
Braun winced as he hit the wall along with his proper shoulder. He was changed by a pinch-hitter within the fifth.
The Dodgers may have inflicted extra injury however had been simply 1 for 7 with runners in scoring place within the first two innings.
Milwaukee pitchers retired 10 straight Dodgers throughout one stretch.
Clinging to a one-run lead within the seventh, Seager went deep to dead-center off Freddy Peralta, who gave up simply two homers throughout the shortened 60-game season. The Dodgers led the majors with 118 homers.
Nearer Kenley Jansen walked pinch-hitter Jace Peterson with two outs within the ninth. Christian Yelich got here to the plate because the potential tying run, however he struck out swinging to finish the sport. Jansen earned the save.
The Brewers closed to 3-2 on Orlando Arcia’s two-strike, two-run homer with two outs within the fourth. Betts made an over-the-shoulder catch to disclaim Avisail Garcia with a runner on for the second out of the inning.
Milwaukee had the potential tying run on within the seventh with Yelich’s two-out double within the left-field nook. Tyrone Taylor popped as much as third to finish the inning.
The Brewers additionally threatened within the sixth. Avisail Garcia singled to proper and was secure at second on first baseman Muncy’s fielding error. Muncy turned and scrambled into brief proper, making an attempt to choose up the ball with a swooping movement, however it booted off his glove and rolled away. Julio Urías retired the following two batters to finish the inning.
Urías bought the victory, permitting three hits in three innings and placing out 5.
Garcia had three hits and Yelich had two to steer the Brewers.
Pitching with a blister on his proper index finger, Walker Buehler allowed two runs and three hits in 4 innings for Los Angeles. He struck out eight and walked two.
Milwaukee right-hander Corbin Burnes and reliever Devin Williams are lacking this sequence with accidents that occurred within the final week of the season. Burnes has a strained left indirect and Williams has a sore proper shoulder. Starter Brett Anderson additionally was left off the roster due to a blister problem.
Dropping Williams is an enormous blow after he emerged as one in all baseball’s prime relievers this season and is a candidate for NL Rookie of the Yr. He’s 4-1 with a 0.33 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 27 innings. “It’s actually crushing, actually,” stated Williams, who felt tightness after final weekend’s outing. “If we make it to the following spherical, I must be again. With the progress we’ve made in only a few days, it’s been encouraging.”
The Dodgers give the ball to left-hander Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.16 ERA) for Recreation 2 on Thursday. He’s 9-11 with a 4.43 ERA within the postseason and misplaced his lone begin in final yr’s NLDS. The Brewers begin right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who was 3-5 with a 3.05 ERA throughout the shortened season. He got here up huge final weekend with 10 strikeouts over eight shutout innings in a must-win sport that helped Milwaukee eke out the No. eight seed.
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