Brewers look to bright future after NLCS loss to Dodgers

Brewers look to bright future after NLCS loss to Dodgers

The victor of Saturday night's game plays the Red Sox in the World Series, which starts Tuesday in Boston.

Walker Buehler (8-5, 2.62) went one inning two long in his Game 3 start, giving up two runs in the seventh in a seven-inning, four-run outing.

That gave the Dodgers even more life and in the top of the sixth after the Brewers had already used up Josh Hader for three innings, Yasiel Puig lined a bullet home run over the left-center-field fence to score three more runs off reliever Jeremy Jeffress. He celebrated wildly going around the bases as the Dodgers made it 5-1. Winning so many games in a row and then nearly making it to the World Series - that's a huge deal. Urias allowed a line drive to Christian Yelich that left fielder Chris Taylor caught on the warning track with a sliding effort. He robbed Yelich of an extra-base hit with a runner on second and two outs.

Bidding for its first World Series appearance since 1982, Milwaukee finished 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position while striking out 14 times against the Dodgers.

The Red Sox and Dodgers have not met since the 2016 season, when Los Angeles won two out of three in an early-August series at Dodger Stadium. Clayton Kershaw entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning and secured the Dodgers' second straight trip to the World Series.

The Brewers were looking for some two-out magic again after coming through in that situation multiple times during Game 6. Walker allowed six hits but struck out seven batters in less than five innings and did not walk a single batter.

The numbers weren't totally gaudy, but the 23-year-old outfielder got the job done when it mattered most.

But after the Yelich home run, Dodgers pitchers clamped down on the Brewers.

The Dodgers stood at 16-26 on May 16 and did not climb over.500 until June 10. Add it all up and I see the Brew Crew celebrating with a champagne party Saturday night before heading to Boston for the team's first World Series in 36 years.

"They took us on an incredible journey", Counsell said about his team.

Brewers fans are of course sad their baseball season is over, but they are so proud of how hard their team played, fighting to the very end. He'll be backed by a bullpen that's allowed five runs over 26.2 innings in the NLCS, and manager Dave Roberts may include three-time Cy Young Award starter Clayton Kershaw into the mix, as he did a year ago in the playoffs.

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