Trailing 6-1 entering the eighth inning, the Dodgers looked deflated and overall outmatched. Through seven innings, LA had as many errors (3) as they did hits.
Over the course of the final two innings, the Dodgers rallied back, scoring four runs, and had the tying run standing at third base with two outs in the ninth. Justin Turner, the guy the Dodgers wanted in that spot, struck out for the fourth time of the game, and the Dodgers dropped Game 1, 6-5.
NLCS Game 2 lineups
The great thing about baseball is the fact there’s a brand new game the very next day. Though they lost, the Dodgers have a lot positives to take away from the game. They made the Brewers bullpen work, and showed they are able to come back against them. Heading into Saturday’s contest, it’s almost as if the Dodgers are the team riding the momentum.
Facing Wade Miley, the Dodgers will send out a lineup of only right-handed bats. It’s unsure how long this lineup will last, as Dave Roberts is expected to dig deep into the bench once Milwaukee turns to their bullpen.
For Miley, he had arguably the best season of his career. The 31-year-old went 5-2, and owned a 2.57 ERA in 2018.
Most notably, Austin Barnes — not Yasmani Grandal — gets the start behind the plate. Grandal had one of the worst performances from a catcher in postseason history last night. With multiple errors and passed balls, Grandal struggled drastically behind the plate. The Dodger backstop also owns a .095 average (6-for-63) in his postseason career.
This will be the first appearance in the 2018 postseason for Barnes. It’s a different script for the 28-year-old, as he appeared in 15 games during last seasons postseason run. Though he was the starting catcher last year during the playoffs, Barnes struggled at the plate. He was 10-for-48 (.208 AVG).
His eye at the plate carried over to the 2018 season, where he hit .205 with an OPS of .619. In his career against Miley, Barnes is 1-for-4, compared to Grandal, who is 3-for-13 with a home run. After starting every game so far, a game of rest was expected for Grandal sooner rather than later. Plus, he gives Roberts a powerful bat off the bench later in the game, if needed.
Also, take this for what it’s worth.
I do not think this means a lot, but in the four times he pitched to Austin Barnes this season, Hyun-Jin Ryu posted an 0.38 ERA (one ER in 23.2 IP).— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) October 13, 2018
Another notable name not on the lineup card is Cody Bellinger. Over the first five games of the postseason, Bellinger is 0-for-15 at the plate. He’s had some good hacks, including last night where he fell just short of hitting a home run. Bellinger’s postseason struggles stem back to last season, where he has a career .177 average in October.
LA will send Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound, where he’ll look to build off his stellar game one start. First pitch is at 1:09 p.m. PT on FOX.