Brewers right-hander Jhoulys Chacin will go in Game 3 on Monday in Los Angeles against Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler. Milwaukee does use their bullpen to win games whereas the Dodgers rely more on the starting pitching and home runs.
The Dodgers trimmed a three-run deficit to one in the seventh, getting an RBI single by Cody Bellinger - his first hit in 16 at-bats this postseason - and a bases-loaded walk by Austin Barnes. Machado was added to a lineup that already included an All-Star and last year's NLCS co-MVP Justin Turner, and slugger Max Muncy who finished tied for 5th in the NL with 35 home runs.
Pedro Baez, the fifth of eight Dodgers pitchers, got the win.
Justin Verlander outlasted an uncharacteristically wild Chris Sale, overcoming control problems of his own, as the Houston Astros won 7-2 at the Boston Red Sox in the American League championship series opener.
The high-powered Dodgers had two measly singles off Wade Miley before breaking through against one of baseball's best bullpens.
After starter Gio Gonzalez went two innings, nicked by Machado's home run, Woodruff entered in the top of the third.
Ryu then fell behind in the count 2-0 against Lorenzo Cain and got the first strike on a cutter on the outside edge. "But I think you just shrug it off to be about baseball".
Well, anyone who is watching the series knows that Hader went three innings in Game 1 and was unavailable in Game 2.
The Dodgers out-hit the Brewers 9-7.
Miley hasn't worked more than five innings since September 4, but after having to use all of his high-leverage relievers to hold off the Dodgers in Game 1, Brewers manager Craig Counsell isn't anxious about a short-handed relief corps. Miley pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his second career playoff start and had two hits in his first multihit game since 2014. "They're going to be like this for the rest of the postseason".
The Brewers had beaten him with high pitches across Games 1 and 2, one after another after another, but Jeffress did not take the same approach.
"I knew he could swing the bat a little bit, for sure", Kershaw said.
Yuri Gurriel broke the game open with a three-run homer just after Reddick hit his solo blast earlier in the ninth.
Los Angeles went down in order in the fourth and Milwaukee's first three batters reached in the bottom half, chasing Kershaw and producing two more runs on Domingo Santana's pinch-hit single.
Manager Dave Roberts on Thursday night said lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu will be his Game 2 starter.