Clayton Kershaw embarrassed the Brewers' Erik Kratz with a filthy breaking ball

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The Brewers had announced left-hander Wade Miley as their Game 5 starter on short rest, and did indeed send him out to pitch to leadoff man Cody Bellinger.

"We had no energy", Hernandez said, according to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. I got drafted when I was 18; I got here when I was 20. That's why betting markets expect the Dodgers to represent the National League in the World Series that begins Tuesday.

The Brewers' manager, Craig Counsell, nearly certainly did it so Los Angeles' manager, Dave Roberts, would load his starting lineup with his right-handed batters, assuming they would be facing a left-handed starting pitcher.

"Why can't you?" Kratz asked. "But I think it's a very hot topic now with the whole Houston Astros employee now in the camera well". Yasiel Puig added a pinch-hit RBI single in the inning to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. Brandon Woodruff took over, and worked into the sixth inning. Their only loss came in the 1952 World Series against the Yankees. He limited the Brewers this time around to a lone run on three hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over seven innings of work.

Milwaukee had gone scoreless over the final eight innings Tuesday and the first two innings Wednesday.

That's a run better per pitcher for the arms likely to throw the most individual innings.

"It's been working out", Chrisitan Yelich said. The Brewers pulled their starting pitcher after just one batter. The Brewers are known for a reliance on their bullpen, but Miley still looked disappointed when he was removed in the sixth inning. Woodruff hadn't pitched more than four innings in a game since May 16, but he was ready to go long in Game 5 after not pitching for Milwaukee since Game 1.

For years, a bulk of the postseason coverage surrounding Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw focused on his poor results once the regular season ended.

"You've seen it this entire postseason, even when we're behind, we're battling back, putting ourselves in a position to possibly tie games or take the lead late", Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said.

All told, Kershaw tossed seven innings and allowed just one earned run to come across in the third inning. The lefty retired his last 13 batters and blanked Milwaukee following Lorenzo Cain's RBI double in the top of the second.

Curtis Granderson hit an RBI double in the ninth. Though, the Dodgers do have deeper frontline talent ... and had a much better run differential during the regular season (+194 to +95).

But first was the clumsy attempt to call time when the Brewers' Corbin Burnes was already in his windup.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell took his NLCS chess match with Dodgers counterpart Dave Roberts to a new level in the early stages of Wednesday's Game 5.

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