Miley was Milwaukee's "starter" in Game 5 Wednesday in Los Angeles but faced one batter as manager Craig Counsell turned to right-hander Brandon Woodruff in a move aimed at getting better matchups with Los Angeles' righty-heavy lineup.
The defending NL champion Dodgers took a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series as they aim to take part in consecutive World Series for the first time since 1977-78.
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.
Despite struggling on offense for almost three full games at Los Angeles, the Dodgers still managed consecutive victories, taking Game 4 on Tuesday by a 2-1 score in 13 innings. Those aren't the most impressive numbers by any stretch but they're still better than the Brewers, who are 5-for-35 in the series with one hit in their last 11 tries. Hill was making his first appearance in the NLCS after starting the Dodgers on their way to the victory in the NLDS clincher at Atlanta on October 8.
The Dodgers are 20-7 in their last 27 games overall. "They just got their hits and made their pitches when they had to".
That also directly correlates to the position the Brewers are in heading into the weekend, as their pitching has been sometimes great and mostly good enough to win games. That includes nailing Game 1 in this series, taking the Brewers (+140) in a 6-5 thriller.
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This was the latest extension of the Brewers' pitching-by-committee strategy in the postseason. "We want to win, come back for a couple of days and wait for Boston or Houston".
After trailing the series 2-1, the Dodgers rallied back-to-back wins in Game 4 and Game 5. He struck out nine batters while surrendering just three hits.
"Unless you're doing bush league stuff where you're trying to hurt players, not that I'm naming names, that's where guys draw the line", Kratz told the Athletic.
"Clearly, our bullpen has been the key for us", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
It took the Dodgers until the fourth inning to get a hit off Woodruff, when Joc Pederson singled, and until the fifth to score a run, on an Austin Barnes RBI single that tied the game 1-1. If he wants to be on a winning ball club, play like a victor. If it were up to him, Miley would stay in as long as possible.
For the 31-year-old Miley, the back-to-back starts are another highlight in a turnaround season with Milwaukee.