Milwaukee Brewers at LA Dodgers
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES – Justin Turner’s 180-degree spin from Game 1 goat to Game 2 hero gave the Los Angeles Dodgers homefield advantage in the National League Championship Series, but the Milwaukee Brewers aren’t panicking. The Dodgers will try to ride the momentum from their Game 2 win and take a lead in the best-of-seven series when they host Game 3 on Monday.
Turner went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts during a 6-5 loss in Game 1 but connected for a go-ahead, two-run homer to provide the winning margin in Saturday’s 4-3 victory that evened the series. “It takes a special athlete to have a night like he had (Friday) and to show up the next day in a big spot and want to have the bat in your hand,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts told reporters. “And Justin is that guy, and those are hard to come by.” The loss was a crushing blow to the Brewers, who watched their seemingly-invincible bullpen crack a bit in each of the first two contests. “I think one of the things we’ve told you is that our guys are all important, and the way we’re going to use our pitching is that we gotta count on all these guys,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell told reporters. “For me, (right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, who surrendered the homer to Turner) made one bad pitch today, and it cost him, and it was to a very good hitter.”
TV: 7:39 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1
PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Jhoulys Chacin (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Dodgers RH Walker Buehler (0-0, 9.00)
Chacin breezed through five scoreless frames while scattering three hits against Colorado to win his lone NL Division Series start but could still be on a short lease Monday with a well-rested bullpen behind him. “I’m just trying to give my team the most innings I can,” Chacin told reporters. “Whenever Counsell wants to take you out, you just have to give the ball to the bullpen, especially with the bullpen that we have.” Chacin suffered through his worst start of the season at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 2, when he was ripped for nine runs – eight earned – on five hits and four walks over 4 1/3 innings.
Buehler allowed five runs on two hits and three walks at Atlanta during the NLDS, coming apart during a rough second inning before battling his way through five frames. The 24-year-old lost his lone start against Milwaukee in the regular season despite allowing one run over seven innings and is much more comfortable at home. Buehler went 4-3 with a 1.93 ERA and 84 strikeouts across 74 2/3 innings at Dodger Stadium in 2018.
1. Los Angeles RF Yasiel Puig is 0-for-5 in the series and 3-for-14 without an RBI in the postseason.
2. Brewers pitchers are 3-for-4 with a home run in the series.
3. Milwaukee went 2-2 in four games at Dodger Stadium during the regular season, including a 21-5 loss.