Milwaukee Brewers: How did they shutout the Dodgers in Game 3?
The Milwaukee Brewers racked up 14 shutouts as a team during the regular season. After their shutout in Game 3 of the NLCS, the Brewers have three shutouts in six playoff games. How did they do it?
With the Milwaukee Brewers claiming Game 3 of the NLCS on the road after losing Game 2 at home, we officially have a real back-and-forth playoff series. But what did the Brewers do to keep the Dodgers off the scoreboard in Game 3?
How good was Jhoulys Chacin?
Milwaukee Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin was good enough to throw 5 1/3 scoreless innings? Chacin need 86 pitches to record the first 16 outs, and 54 were for strikes. He allowed only three hits and two walks while striking out six. He did a great job keeping the ball on the ground as the Dodgers grounded out seven times, including one double play.
Chacin struck out Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy to lead off the sixth inning, but was lifted for Corey Knebel after Justin Turner reached on an error by Mike Moustakas. Knebel got Manny Machado to ground out to third, and struck out Cody Bellinger to end the threat.
How about Knebel?
If he wasn’t already, he’s back now. Knebel faced five batters, and got all of them out. He struck out four, and hit 98.7 MPH on his fastball. Dude was on fire.
What happened in the ninth inning?
After Joakim Soria and Josh Hader combined to finish the eighth inning, Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell called on Jeremy Jeffress to work the ninth inning with a four-run lead.
Jeffress put runners on second and third with no outs after allowing a single to Turner and a double to Machado. Jeffress got Bellinger to hit an infield pop up to record the first out.
After a walk to Yasiel Puig to load the bases, Jeffress struck out Yasmani Grandal and Brian Dozier to end the threat.
Jeffress needed 21 pitches to finish off the Dodgers. 13 went for strikes. He gave up two hits and one walk while striking out two.
He did! Hader faced two batters in the eighth inning, and struck them both out. He only threw eight pitches and could be available for Game 4 on Tuesday night.
The first pitch for Game 4 of the 2018 NLCS is scheduled for 8:09 PM CST. The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to even the series with Rich Hill on the mound, while the Milwaukee Brewers will send left-hander Gio Gonzalez out to try to take a 3-to-1 lead.