One day you’re the goat, and the next day you’re the GOAT. Okay maybe not GOAT, but certainly greatest hitter on that day. After going 0-5 with 4 strikeouts and an error in Game 1, Justin Turner goes 2-4 and hits a go-ahead 2 run HR in Game 2. With CT3 on 1st base after an infield single, Justin Turner hit a 2-0 splitter that stayed up over the middle of the plate and certainly not low enoughDEEPinto the LF stands. Jeremy Jeffress is running on fumes after a long season. Thanks to Josh Hader not being available, Jeffress could not be effective in back to back games.
But without the big 7thinning, there would not have been JT’s heroics in the 8th. Facing top prospect pitching Corbin Burnes, Max Muncy drew a walk which was followed by 3 singles by Machado, Bellinger and Joc. Bellinger’s brought in the first run and Joc loaded the bases for Yasiel Puig. Unfortunately everybody knew what was coming as John Smoltz told everyone who was listening that Puig is a “sucker” for a slider low and away. Sure enough Jeffress got it off the plate by a good 6 inches for a swinging strike 3. Good for Barnes to pick him up with getting the bases loaded walk to pull the Dodgers within 1. Unfortunately that brought up Yasmani Grandal who did the only thing that he COULD NOT DO and hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat.
With Hader unavailable, Jeffress needed to come back out and face the top of the order, and after the CT3 infield single, came the JT game winner.
There were a lot of positives to come away from this game. For the 2ndstraight game, the Dodgers were down late and were still able to make a big comeback. They were not able to come all the way back in Game 1, but it obviously gave them the confidence that they could still come back against this strong (but overworked bullpen) in Game 2. The Brewers bullpen reminds me of the Dodgers 2017 bullpen. Hader is the Brandon Morrow, but most of the Brewers bullpen is running on fumes just as the Dodgers were in 2017.
Alex Wood is not a Loogy. Wood needs to feel the game, but if he feels like he has to be perfect…well that is not his game. If he is not going to be the long man, then they should have Alexander as the Loogy.
Another big positive is the continuing hitting of CT3. He now has five hits in 9 Abs. Belli got an RBI single. Unfortunately, with Jhoulys Chacin scheduled to pitch Game 3, CT3 figures to be on the bench in favor of Joc. However, Joc is another positive as he had two hits today, including a ground ball base hit to the left side off LHRP Xavier Cedeno. Maybe with Kike’ not hitting at all in the playoffs, CT3 gets the nod over Kike, and both will be in the lineup.
Pedro Baez has apparently turned the page and is now becoming a weapon in the bullpen. Kenta Maeda gets fortunate (or maybe it was planned) with a long drive by Curtis Granderson that settled into Yasiel Puig’s glove. And finally Kenley might just be rounding into his mid-season form. I did not like the free pass to LoCain, but to get Christian Yelich to break his bat and ground out to JT to end the game was good to see.
Overall, the Dodgers were 2-4 WRISP. They also only had 5 strikeouts after 13 in Game 1.
Now the team heads back to LA and we get a Buehler v Chacin matchup in Game 3. I like the Dodgers chances in that one. Play one game at a time, but it is looks like Clayton Kershaw will get a chance to redeem himself in Game 5. And who knows, maybe it will be a NLCS winner.