MLB postseason 2018: Three takeaways from Dodgers’ NLCS Game 4 win over Brewers

The Dodgers won Game 4 in 13 inningsTuesday, and if it weren’t for Cody Bellinger, they very well may not have evened Martin Prado Jersey the National League Championship Series at two games apiece.Bellinger was looking like a goatcoming into Game 4. He was 1 for 21 in the postseason and 1 for 10 in the NLCS before Tuesday’s game. Then that all changed in more ways than one.Bellinger made a highlight reel catch to keep Lorenzo Cain off the bases late in the game.Cody Bellinger WHAT A GRAB! Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 17, 2018He also went 2 for 4 including a walk-off RBI single in the 13th inning which gave the Dodgers the 2-1 victory.That was exhausting.That was exhilarating.That was October Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 17, 2018The two teams now have to turn around and play the afternoon game Wednesday. Clayton Kershaw will take on Wade Miley.Three takeaways from NLCS Game 4Playing the matchups doesn’t always workThe Brewers played the matchup Tuesday by giving Jonathan Schoop his first startof parque acuatico hinchable the NLCS. Schoop, a right-handed hitter, got the call over lefty Travis Shaw as Rich Hill was called upon by the Dodgers.On the surface it looked like a good move. Schoop was a .300 hitter last season against lefties and was 30 points better this season against southpaws than Shaw (.239 to .209). But it appears to have been the wrong move. Schoop went 0 for 2 with a strikeout against Hill and followed piscina gonfiabile con scivolo that up with another Kagainst Pedro Baez in the sixth inning. He also grounded out when he faced Kenley Jansen in the ninth and grounded out again in extra innings.Shaw was hitting .333 with a .417 on-base percentage in the postseason before Tuesday’s game, and for his career, he is batting just 12 points lower than Schoop against lefties (.246 to .234). The numbers this season said to start Schoopon Tuesday, but starting Shaw would not have turned out worse.In Schoop’s defense, though, Shaw did strike out in the ninth inning againstJansen, so he didn’t make much of an impact when he got the chance, either.Domingo Santana carving out a nicheDomingo Santana was the odd-man out for the Brewers this year. With the offseason acquisitions of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, Santana was constantly on the trade block and had 314 fewer at-bats in 2018 than 2017.But as much of a challenge as he had finding a spot in the lineup, he still found a way to deliver in key spots. He did just that in Game 4 as he drove in Orlando Arcia with a pinch-hit double in the fifthinning.Santana thrived as a pinch-hitter this season. According to the Athletic, Santana’s .793 slugging percentage and 1.262 OPS ranked first as a pinch-hitter out of 89 players this season with 20 or more at-bats. He may not have found chances to contribute the way he wanted to in 2018, but he absolutely made an impact in Game 4.Domingo Santana game-tying pinch-hit double ..Santana’s .793 slug pct and 1.262 OPS as pinch hitter during regular season ranked 1st out 89 players with 20+ PA. Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) October 17, 2018Kenley Jansen is to the Brewers what Craig Kimbrel is to the RaysSometimes teams simply cannot hit a pitcher. The Rays have never been able to hit Craig Kimbrel. The Red Sox’s closer has a 0.62 ERA in 28 career games (29 innings) vs. Tampa Bay. Kenley Jansen is the same way with the Brewers.Los Angeles’ closer came into Game 4 with a career 0.00 ERA against the Brewers with 33 strikeouts in 19 innings. He added another twoscorele s innings while allowing a hit and a walkTuesday.

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