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Dodgers punch their ticket to World Series with 5-1 win over the Brewers in Game 7 of the NLCS

Dodgers punch their ticket to World Series with 5-1 win over the Brewers in Game 7 of the NLCS
Dodgers Yasiel Puig celebrates with Manny Machado in locker room after capturing the NLCS against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

The Dodgers are champions of the National League, downing the Milwaukee Brewers with a 5-1 victory in Game 7 at Miller Park on Saturday night. The Dodgers handled this series as they did the season: They played themselves into a corner, and then muscled their way out.

The closer

Dodgers players mob Clayton Kershaw after he secured the victory in the 9th inning of Game 7 of the NLCS. Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

They won with a stunning, lunging, over-the-shoulder catch by Taylor in deep left field to keep the tying run from scoring in in the fifth inning.

"It was a big moment, I'm just glad I made the play."

Dodger outfielder Chris Taylor

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Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor celebrates after catching a drive by Brewers Christian Yelich in the 5th inning of Game 7 of the NLCS. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times /

They won with rookie starter Walker Buehler rising up to equal the biggest moment of his young career with one allowed run in 42/3 innings, and kid Julio Urias coming out of nowhere to record the biggest out of his career.

And, of course, this emotionally swinging team couldn't have done it without Yasiel Puig putting on a nutty show with a game-clinching three-run homer in the sixth inning featuring an accompanying trot filled with a veritable Swiss Army knife of gestures.

Power game

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Yasiel Puig hits a three run homer in the sixth inning in game seven of the NLCS. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

NLCS Game 6 | Brewers 7, Dodgers 2

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Brewers Ryan Braun celebrates after hitting a double which drove in a run in the second inning of game six of the National League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

The big play

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Brewers Jesus Aguilar is safe with a double ahead of a tag by Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado in the 7th inning. Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / Los Angeles Times

Moments

Right fielder Yasiel Puig canít catch Jesus Aguilar's seventh inning double (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Brewers Ryan Braun drives in a run with a double in the second inning of game six. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda is frustrated after throwing a wild pitch in the 7th inning. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates with Lorenzo Cain #6 after scoring a run off of a double hit by Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Clockwise from top left; Right fielder Yasiel Puig canít catch Jesus Aguilar's seventh inning double. Brewers Ryan Braun drives in a run with a double in the second inning of game six. Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates with Lorenzo Cain #6 after scoring a run off of a double hit by Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers. Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda is frustrated after throwing a wild pitch in the 7th inning. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Hyun-Jin Ryu
Dodger pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is rocked in the first inning. Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Taunting

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Brewer fans taunt Dodgers Manny Machado after he struck out in the fifth inning. Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / Los Angeles Times

Hit batter

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Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood shows the look of disbelief after hitting Brewers hitter Erik Kratz in the fifth inning. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Flying out

Justin Turner
Dodgers Justin Turner sits in dugout after flying out in the 7th inning. Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / Los Angeles Times

Clayton Kershaw’s Game 5 effort in the NLCS puts Dodgers on the verge of second straight World Series

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Dodgers Yasiel Puig celebrates an RBI single in the sixth inning in Game 5 of the NLCS. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

The 2018 season has not been easy on Kershaw. He hurt his shoulder. He hurt his back. Some days hurt his pride. Few games looked worse than the opening night of this series, when the Brewers disposed of him in three-plus innings. Undaunted by the worries about his pitch mix and his psyche, he roared back Wednesday, carving up Milwaukee's lineup with nine strikeouts to give the Dodgers a 3-2 series lead and deposit the team on the doorstep of another World Series.

The ace

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw shows an emotional outburst while pitching against the Brewers in the sixth inning in Game 5 of the NLCS. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Kershaw permitted one run and three hits. He retired the last 13 batters he faced. In the days between his outings, he sharpened his slider and unearthed his curveball. The two pitches complemented each other while protecting his fastball.

Moments

Yasiel Puig slides safely into second base with an eighth inning double as Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Hernan Perez is late with the tag. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Cody Bellinger hits a double off Brewers relief pitcher Joakim Soria in the seventh inning during Game 5 off the NLCS. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Justin Turner is congratulated after scoring a run in the sixth inning of Game 5 of the NLCS . (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Cody Bellinger dives but can't make the catch on a single by Brewers Lorenzo Cain in the 1st inning Game 5 of the NLCS. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Clockwise from top left; Yasiel Puig slides safely into second base with an eighth inning double as Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Hernan Perez is late with the tag; Cody Bellinger hits a double off Brewers relief pitcher Joakim Soria in the seventh inning; Cody Bellinger dives but can't make the catch on a single by Brewers Lorenzo Cain in the 1st inning; Justin Turner is congratulated after scoring a run in the sixth inning of Game 5 of the NLCS. (Robert Gauthier / Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Hyun-Jin Ryu will start Game 6 on Friday at Miller Park, with Walker Buehler holstered for Game 7.

The Dodgers still require five victories to secure the trophy that this city and this franchise have craved since 1988. After a season of discontent, they are on the verge of securing back-to-back pennants for the first time since 1977-1978.

Snap

Manny Machado breaks his bat as he hits into a double play against the Brewers in the 1st inning in Game 5 of the NLCS. Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Finding form

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Kershaw permitted one run and three hits as he retired the last 13 batters he faced. Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

In the days between his outings, Kershaw sharpened his slider and unearthed his curveball. The two pitches complemented each other while protecting his fastball. The Brewers looked flummoxed as Kershaw trusted the curve early in the count, then defensive as he ended at-bats with sliders. To support him, the Dodgers' offense deviated from their usual strategy of slugging and slumping by making productive outs, slapping singles and running with abandon.

Early exit

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Brewers starting pitcher Wade Miley leaves the game after five pithes in the first inning of Game 5 of the NLCS. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

NLCS Game 5 | Dodgers 5, Brewers 2

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Dodgers Manny Machado scores the winning run off of Cody Bellinger's single in the 13th inning against the Brewers in Game 4 of the NLCS. Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

The final sequence made the ballpark shake.

Cody Bellinger stroked a two-out single into right field. Manny Machado hustled to score from second base. The ballpark shook as the Dodgers walked off with a 2-1 victory in 13 innings over the Brewers to even the series at two games apiece.

The hit

Dodgers Cody Bellinger celebrates his walkoff single in the 13th inning of Game 4of the NLCS. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times
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Teammates mob Cody Bellinger after his game winning RBI in the 13th inning during Game 4 of the NLCS. Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

A few Dodgers sprinted to the plate to greet Machado. The majority tracked Bellinger into left field, where he was back-peddling and giddy, cherishing the first walkoff of his career.

“It’s probably a feeling you won’t forget, seeing your guys chase after you,” Bellinger said. “Honestly, I was surprised that they were throwing to me.”

Energized

Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill reacts after striking out Christian Yelich to end the fifth inning. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill allowed one run in five innings, departing with six strikeouts and 71 pitches.

The Dodgers used nine pitchers. The Brewers needed seven. The Dodgers struck out 17 times. The Brewers whiffed 15 times. Both teams ran out of position players. Manager Dave Roberts told Game 6 starter Hyun-Jin Ryu to prepare to enter the game if it continued much longer.

Moments

Dodgers Brian Dozier takes a moment after striking out in the bottom of the 10th inning. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kenley Jansen and Austin Barnes consult during the ninth inning with the score knotted at one apiece. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers Chris Taylor makes a catch in front of Cody Bellinger in the 7th inning. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Brewers Orlando Arcia scores their only run in front of catcher Austin Barnes in the 5th inning. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Clockwise from top left; Dodgers Brian Dozier takes a moment after striking out in the bottom of the 10th inning; Kenley Jansen and Austin Barnes consult during the ninth inning with the score knotted at one apiece; Brewers Orlando Arcia scores their only run in front of catcher Austin Barnes in the 5th inning; Dodgers Chris Taylor makes a catch in front of Cody Bellinger in the 7th inning. (Robert Gauthier / Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

The Dodegrs will play Game 5 Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.

Splash

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Cody Bellinger recoils after a dousing of gatorade after hitting the game winning single to beat the Brewers 2-1 in 13 innings. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

NLCS Game 3 | Brewers 4, Dodgers 0

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Dodgers Cody Bellinger throws his bat after popping-up with runners in scoring position against the Brewers in the 9th inning in Game 3 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium. Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

The Milwaukee Brewers collected a 4-0 victory in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Monday to secure a two-games-to-one advantage.

The game featured a sampling of this summer's Dodgers lowlights. Yasmani Grandal failed to smother a wild pitch that let in a run, then heard chants for backup Austin Barnes after committing a passed ball. Walker Buehler lasted until the seventh inning, in which he gave up a two-run home run to slap-hitting shortstop Orlando Arcia. The offense struck out 14 times and was hitless in 10 at-bats with runners in scoring position, including a stomach-turning ninth inning.

Souvenir

Yasiel Puig can't reach a two-run homer hit by Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia in the seventh inning game three of the NLCS. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times
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Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia, left, celebrates his two-run homer with third base coach Ed Sedar. Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

The Dodgers demonstrated enough power to outlast Colorado for a sixth consecutive division title. Their brawn overwhelmed Atlanta in a division series. Yet, they find themselves two defeats away from the offseason, tilting at the windmills built by the crafty starters and smoke-throwing relievers of Milwaukee.

Regrouping

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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts gathers the infield around starting pitcher Walker Buehler after he gave up a two-run homer to Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia in the seventh inning. Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

On Monday, the hitters pawed at Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin, unable to time his slider across 5 1/3 innings. The Brewers bullpen mowed down the Dodgers until the ninth inning, when combustible closer Jeremy Jeffress gave up a leadoff single to Justin Turner and a double to Manny Machado. From there, the Dodgers tripped over their feet.

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Brewers second baseman Travis Shaw can't reach a foul ball hit by Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado in the ninth inning of game three of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

As the ballpark stirred, the players stumbled. Cody Bellinger hit a first-pitch popup to Arcia and bounced his bat hard enough for it to land near the mound. After Yasiel Puig walked, Grandal flailed at an 0-and-2 curveball. Brian Dozier ended

Runners stranded

Dodgers Cody Bellinger throws his bat after popping-up with runners in scoring position against the Brewers in the 9th inning. Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

NLCS Game 2 | Dodgers 4, Brewers 3

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Dodgers celebrate Justin Turner's two-run home run to give the Dodgers the lead in the eighth inning in Game 2 of the NLCS at Miller Park. Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Dodgers earned a 4-3 comeback victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday and headed back to L.A. with the National League Championship Series tied at one game apiece. Game 3 is Monday.

Big Turneround

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner hits a two-run homer in the eighth inning off Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress in Game 2 of the NLCS. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Justin Turner’s two-run home run in the eighth inning caps a Dodgers rally and ends up evening the series. “As soon as I hit it, it felt good,” Turner said. “I knew it was a homer. It’s cool to run around the bases and see all your teammates going crazy, jumping up and down, waiting for you.”

Body language

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu looks at a baseball after Brewers Orlando Arcia celebrates his solo home run with 3rd base coach Ed Sedar in the 5th inning. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Brewers Lorenzo Cain celebrates his double against the Dodgers in the 5th inning in Game 2. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado forces out Brewers base runner Mike Moustakas at 2nd base as he tries to complete a double play. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Yasiel Puig snaps his bat in two after striking out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Clockwise from top left, Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu looks at a baseball after Orlando Arcia of the Brewers celebrates his solo home run with third base coach Ed Sedar in the fifth inning; Lorenzo Cain celebrates his double against the Dodgers in the fifth inning in Game 2; Yasiel Puig snaps his bat in two after striking out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning; Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado forces out Brewers baserunner Mike Moustakas at second base as he tries to complete a double play. (Wally Skalij / Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Closer

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Kenley Jansen pitches a scoreless ninth inning to seal a 4-3 Dodgers win over the Brewers in Game 2 of the NLCS Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

NLCS Game 1 | Brewers 6, Dodgers 5

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Dodgers right fielder Matt Kemp can’t reach a seventh-inning homer hit by Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Faulty start

Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt consults with Clayton Kershaw as he struggles against the Brewers in Game 1 of the NLCS. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Brewers centerfielder Lorenzo Cain scores on a sacrifice fly as Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal misses the throw from the outfield. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff homers off Clayton Kershaw in the third inning in Game 1 of the NLCS. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff celebrates his solo home run against the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Clockwise from top left, Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt consults with Clayton Kershaw as he struggles against the Brewers in Game 1 of the NLCS; Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain scores on a sacrifice fly as Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal misses the throw from the outfield; Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff celebrates his solo home run against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw; Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff homers off Kershaw in the third inning in Game 1 of the NLCS. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw could not get out of the fourth inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. By the time the Dodgers mounted what would have been one of the greatest rallies in their postseason history, the climb was too much. Given their night of misfortune, it figured that Justin Turner would strike out with the tying run on third base to seal the Milwaukee Brewers’ 6-5 victory.

Fooling around

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Jesus Aguilar of the Brewers and David Freese of the Dodgers have a little fun in the third inning in Game 1 of the NLCS at Miller Park. Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Power source

Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado homers in the second inning in Game 1 of the NLCS. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado rounds the bases after his home run in the second inning in Game 1 of the NLCS. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Manny Machado drove in three runs, including this home run in the second inning, as the Dodgers forced Milwaukee to expend its elite relievers.


“It was a tough one. Obviously, you don’t want to get your team off to that start. But it happened.”

Clayton Kershaw

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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits alone in the dugout for a few moments before heading to the outfield for pregame warmups in Game 1 of the NLCS. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times
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