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LA Dodgers at Milwaukee
When: 8:39 PM ET, Friday, October 19, 2018
Where: Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Los Angeles Dodgers are one win away from a second straight trip to the World Series, but they will have to earn that victory on the road. The Dodgers will try to close out the best-of-seven National League Championship Series when they visit the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday for Game 6.

"It wasn't as easy maybe as last year to get to this point," Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw, who pitched a gem in Game 5, told reporters. "I realize we've got some work to finish it off and get back. It doesn't really matter how you get there, but thankful that we are here now, for sure." The Dodgers fell behind 2-1 in the series after dropping Game 3 at home but turned up the pitching over the next two contests and limited the Brewers to a total of three runs in 22 innings in the two wins. "We were unable to score enough runs, really, I think that was the bottom line of the three games here," Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters. "We gave ourselves a chance through obviously 12 innings (Tuesday) and six innings (Wednesday) to try to put ourselves in a good spot, and they've done a good job of holding us down offensively." Milwaukee will try to find a way to push some runs across against left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu while making some history by tossing lefty Wade Miley at the start in back-to-back games.


TV: 8:39 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-0, 1.59 ERA) vs. Brewers LH Wade Miley (0-0, 0.00)

Ryu tossed seven scoreless innings to earn a win over the Atlanta Braves during the NL Division Series but was not quite as sharp in Game 2 at Milwaukee. The South Korea native was reached for two runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision. Ryu did not allow more than two runs in any of his last five starts going back to the regular season and has yet to be reached for more than three earned runs on the season.

Miley started Game 5 but threw only five pitches, issuing a walk to Cody Bellinger, before being replaced by right-hander Brandon Woodruff in a surprise move designed to give Milwaukee a matchup advantage. "It's not my job to question it," Miley told reporters. "We're trying to get to the World Series. This is the strategic side of it. I was in. Everybody bought in." Miley dominated Los Angeles in Game 2, scattering two hits over 5 2/3 innings without factoring in the decision.

WALK-OFFS


1. Brewers star RF Christian Yelich is 3-for-20 without an extra-base hit in the series.

2. Los Angeles RHP Pedro Baez has thrown 6 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed a total of two hits with 10 strikeouts in six postseason appearances.

3. Milwaukee navigated Game 5 without using relievers Josh Hader, Corey Knebel or Jeremy Jeffress, and all three should be ready to go Friday.

PREDICTION: Brewers 4, Dodgers 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
LA Dodgers 96-74 L1 47-38 49-36 22-14 17-20 45-32 12-8
Milwaukee 101-68 W1 54-31 47-37 20-13 40-37 28-11 13-7
Last Meeting
LA Dodgers Milwaukee
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
10/15/18 MIL 4 LAD 0 .156 0 .479 .206 1 .682
Player Stats
NL  Championship Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Dodgers C. Taylor .500 5 1.200
Milwaukee W. Miley 1.000 2 2.500
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Dodgers M. Machado 1 2 3
Milwaukee O. Arcia 2 3 3
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Dodgers 4.15 .220 26
Milwaukee 3.00 .248 32
Playoffs
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Dodgers C. Taylor .462 6 1.346
Milwaukee B. Woodruff 1.000 1 5.000
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Dodgers M. Machado 3 4 9
Milwaukee O. Arcia 3 5 4
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Dodgers 2.95 .215 58
Milwaukee 1.80 .260 62