Take two: Miley back to NLCS hill, Brews try to deny Dodgers


After slotting Cody Bellinger at the top Wednesday, that honor now goes to David Freese for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. His most notable impact to this point was a go-ahead two-run single to help the Dodgers close out the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the NL Division Series.

Miley goes back to the hill two days after being lifted one batter into Game 5 in a designed move by manager Craig Counsell. In five starts since September 17, he's allowed three runs over 30.1 innings. The Dodgers would have been forced to use Urias for at least one more inning and if not, it would have cost the team Hyun-Jin Ryu who has arguably been the team's best starter this season. The Dodgers haven't won consecutive pennants since 1977-78, when they lost two straight World Series to the Yankees. Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers' third pitcher of the ninth, came in for the last two outs and the save. The Dodgers scored just seven runs in their three NLCS home games and did not hit a home run.

Milwaukee turned to its bullpen after the first batter, bringing in Brandon Woodruff, a right-hander.

Milwaukee starter Gio Gonzalez figured to have a brief outing Tuesday, as the Brewers planned to lean on their bullpen, but his appearance was even shorter than expected. But, Los Angeles needs wins, they are trying to get to the World Series ad ever base runner matters.

A surprise bullpen game worked well, until it didn't - and it ultimately didn't prevent the Brewers from losing for the third time in four games after a 12-game winning streak that propelled them deep into the postseason.

After trailing the series 2-1, the Dodgers rallied back-to-back wins in Game 4 and Game 5.

"We're hoping for a win (Friday) night", Steldt said.

But Counsell caught almost everyone off-guard when he took a season of bullpen tinkering to a new level. "(The Dodgers) weren't caught off guard", Hinch said. If he wants to be on a winning ball club, play like a victor.

Miley pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings in Game 2 vs. the Dodgers, allowing two hits and walking none. They are 10-for-43 with runners in scoring position for the series.

SportsLine's top-ranked Major League Baseball handicapper is on a season-long Major League Baseball picks streak that has fattened the wallets of those following him. In three starts and 18.2 total innings, Miley hasn't allowed a single run. "We don't want to give them any chance that gets them excited. We try to go out there and do the best we can".