Game 5 opened with a twist as Milwaukee left-handed starter Wade Miley walked the first batter he faced, Cody Bellinger, and then was replaced by right-hander Brandon Woodruff. The Dodgers have Hyun-Jin Ryu and Walker Buehler lined up for the next two days. But I think a bunch of guys are not really on it right now offensively.
If the Brewers win: They'll get another shot at keeping their season alive - and at making their first World Series appearance since 1982 - in front of a home crowd at Miller Park in Game 7.
Miley pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings in Game 2 vs. the Dodgers, allowing two hits and walking none.
"I started the end of an All-Star break and the other side of it", Miley said.
More than five hours after it started, Cody Bellinger delivered a game-winning single to right field, and he still had enough energy to take the Los Angeles Dodgers' celebration all the way to left field.
With the Dodgers up in the series, if the Brewers lose on Friday, they're done.
Woodruff worked 5 1/3 innings, and allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and one walk with eight strikeouts.
Counsell explained that the unconventional move was an effort to get the best matchups.
But the Brewers made 18 consecutive outs between the third inning and a ninth-inning mini-rally, undoing their pitching staff's resourceful performance.
The Los Angeles Dodgers can punch their ticket to the World Series with another win tonight in Game 6 at the Milwaukee Brewers. They have relied on "bullpenning" nearly all postseason, a new-age pitching approach that minimizes the role of the starting pitcher and instead hands games to a string of relievers. Milwaukee is playing to one of its strengths, which is a deep, hard-throwing bullpen.
Counsell said he has lefties and righties alternating in his lineup to force the Dodgers to make tough matchup decisions out of the bullpen.
When asked, Counsell said that he didn't think that lifting Miley after one batter broke down baseball norms or trust between opposing manager.
Let Ryu wear it and save the bullpen for Game 7.
"Craig has been doing it since September 1". Through the first five games, Brewers pitchers have a 3.02 ERA - 0.21 behind the Dodgers.
But Counsell caught almost everyone off-guard when he took a season of bullpen tinkering to a new level.
"Definitely an advantage", the Dodgers' Justin Turner said. Repeated over and over and over again, you're just a dirty player.