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Counsell stayed with Knebel for five outs, giving him his first pro plate appearance with the bases loaded in the fifth - he struck out - and Burnes worked two flawless innings.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) throws in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in game four of the 2018 NLCS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium.

Counsell has used his bullpen liberally and unconventionally throughout the Brewers' remarkable season, and this particular gambit yielded mixed results.

For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website. That's the way we looked at it in Kansas City. "They're a very tough team to get matchups against".

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. Is it bush league? If they think its something that can help us achieve that, I'm in. After a few scoreless innings from the Dodgers, Freese returned to torment Miley in the top of the fifth, this time with an RBI double that narrowed the Brewers' advantage from four runs to three. Both bullpens kept zeroes on the scoreboard for the remainder of regulation, prompting extra innings.

Entering the game with two on and one out, Knebel got Justin Turner to fly out to center before retiring Manny Machado on a swinging strikeout to end the threat.

After winning a Game 163 to clinch the division title, the Dodgers went into the postseason for an NL Division Series matchup with the Atlanta Braves.

Expect Counsell to use him aggressively and for multiple innings.

The Dodgers are 5-1 in series when they own a 3-2 lead. Veteran righty Joakim Soria worked for the third time in three days and was charged with two runs while getting one out.

Despite leading the series, the Dodgers head back to Milwaukee to conclude the NLCS.

"You can't be caught off guard with that stuff".

"It's been working out", Chrisitan Yelich said. But, Los Angeles needs wins, they are trying to get to the World Series ad ever base runner matters. The Brewers managed just three runs in the previous two games in Los Angeles. No notable contributions in the Dodgers' 7-2 loss. Including this postseason, he is batting.286 with a home run against Miley.

Counsell pulled starter Wade Miley after he walked Dodgers leadoff man Cody Bellinger on five pitches. Then he pressed all the right buttons Friday, even if there was pressure to roll all his best arms onto the field, even if staying away from Hader in a must-win game is the kind of move that could follow a manager forever. Will he work only one batter again, or will the Milwaukee Brewers allow him to work deeper?

Counsell already was at the vanguard of the recent wave of managers figuring out new ways to use their bullpens, along with Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash. Miley was 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA over 80-plus innings in 16 regular-season starts after joining the club on a minor league contract in spring training.


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