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Messy Game 3 puts Dodgers behind in NLCS

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LOS ANGELES -- Beating yourself is no way to win a pennant, and the Dodgers have done it twice after only three games of the National League Championship Series.

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LOS ANGELES -- Beating yourself is no way to win a pennant, and the Dodgers have done it twice after only three games of the National League Championship Series.

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Walker Buehler was outpitched by Jhoulys Chacin, the Dodgers couldn't rally against Milwaukee's bullpen after giving away a run on defense and they generally made a mess of the 30th anniversary of Kirk Gibson's legendary home run in Monday's 4-0 loss at Dodger Stadium that put the Brewers back in charge of the best-of-seven series, 2-1.

"We sucked. That's why we lost," said Enrique Hernandez. "I think as a team we were a little bit flat tonight and it showed on the offensive side. The playoffs, you've got to want it. Today it just wasn't our day. We had no energy. The stadium had no energy. The fans had no energy. So overall it was a pretty bad day for everybody that calls themselves Dodgers. Tomorrow is another game."

Hernandez clarified, emphasizing that it was the players who set the listless tone, not the fans.

"I don't have an explanation for why some days we just don't have it as a team, like energy or whatever it is," he said. "But sometimes we can feed off the crowd. The fans here do a great job of showing up and packing the stadium every night and have a lot of passion for the game. But tonight for whatever reason I guess as contagious as energy can be from the fans to the players, it was from the players to the fans tonight."

The Dodgers offense had only five hits, struck out 14 times and went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. It was the first time the Dodgers were shut out at home in the postseason since the 1983 NLCS against the Phillies. The last time they faced Chacin, the Dodgers scored nine runs (eight earned) in 4 1/3 innings and went on to a 21-5 blowout.

"We just didn't hit": LA comes up empty in G3

The Dodgers went through several stretches this season when, if they didn't homer, they didn't win. One game isn't a stretch, but that summed up Game 3.

"Home runs aren't there, and when the home runs aren't there we've got to find a way to score," said Cody Bellinger. "Myself included, we have to have better at-bats. Tomorrow, we've got to come out swinging."

Video: NLCS Gm3: Dodgers discuss 4-0 loss to Brewers

The Dodgers statistically had the starting pitching edge coming into the series, but the two best starts of the series have been thrown by Chacin and teammate Wade Miley.

"There's not an explanation for that," said Hernandez. "I think Miley had everything going for him and then tonight the quality of the at-bats just wasn't there."

Video: NLCS Gm3: Chacin K's 6 over 5 1/3 scoreless in Game 3

So for the Dodgers, this looked too much like the Game 1 loss in Milwaukee, filled with unforced errors, only this time they weren't able to push across even one run in a ninth-inning bases-loaded rally against Jeremy Jeffress to boost their spirits.

"It's a matter of when we get in those spots we have to find a way to be productive," said manager Dave Roberts.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Roberts on Grandal, Buehler in Game 3 loss

The Dodgers need to win three of the next four games for a repeat trip to the World Series and the odds are against them. In the history of best-of-seven series with the 2-3-2 format, teams that lost Game 3 at home to fall behind 2-1 have rallied to win the series nine of 36 times (25 percent). Specifically in the NLCS, teams that trail 2-1 have a 7-19 series record. The Dodgers are 4-11 all-time when trailing 2-1 in a best-of-seven series.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Roberts on Buehler's outing against Brewers

Buehler was given the ball at home after getting rattled for an inning in an NL Division Series loss in Atlanta. The rookie came out firing 99 mph bullets, allowing only one run over the first five innings, and a second run in the sixth inning after a misplay and wild pitch. Pushed to a seventh inning, he served up a crushing two-run homer on an outside fastball to unlikely hero Orlando Arcia that the wind helped blow into the right-field box seats after Erik Kratz doubled down the left-field line.

"Up until that seventh inning, I feel pretty good about it," said Buehler. "Kratz hit a slider down the line, like you're supposed to with that pitch. Arcia, made the pitch I wanted, and he clipped it."

Video: NLCS Gm3: Arcia cranks 2-run HR in 7th to pad lead

Milwaukee scored in the first inning on a walk to Christian Yelich and a double by Ryan Braun and its second run in the sixth inning when Bellinger said he momentarily lost sight of Travis Shaw's fly ball off the center-field fence that went for a triple. Shaw scored on Buehler's wild pitch curveball that hit the back edge of the plate and ricocheted off catcher Yasmani Grandal, who later was charged with his third passed ball of the series.

"I know everybody's going to harp on Yaz, but the ball hit the plate," said Buehler. "Those are balls you can't control. That's on me as well."

Video: Must C Crucial: Shaw triples, scores on wild pitch

After the game, however, Roberts said Austin Barnes would start Game 4 against Brewers left-hander Gio Gonzalez in Game 4 tonight, with the Dodgers starting Rich Hill.

Grandal benched for G4 after struggles in G3

Video: NLCS Gm 3: Roberts discusses Grandal's NLCS struggles

In addition, Manny Machado committed a fielding error and torpedoed a potential rally when he was called for an illegal slide.

Machado reached base for the Dodgers in his second-inning at-bat with a single and his fourth-inning at-bat on a walk. Both times he was forced out at second base on a Bellinger bouncer. Both times Machado made contact with Arcia, pushing the Milwaukee shortstop's right leg with his right hand. Both times Brewers manager Craig Counsell complained to umpires.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Machado gets arm up on slide into second

The first time, there was no formal challenge. The second time Counsell asked for a review and the original call was overturned, going as a double play with Machado having violated the slide rule for hindering and impeding the fielder. That's better known as the Chase Utley rule, enacted after Utley's 2015 slide in the NLDS broke the leg of Mets infielder Ruben Tejada.

"They looked at the review and they got it right," said Roberts. "Because you do have to make a very good effort to hold on to the bag, and apparently we didn't."

Video: NLCS Gm3: Roberts on Machado's controversial slides

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Despite allowing a pair of runs in each of the first two games, Jeffress got the ball in the bottom of the ninth and immediately allowed a single to Justin Turner and double to Machado. After Bellinger popped up, Yasiel Puig walked to load the bases. But Grandal struck out for the third time in the game and pinch-hitter Brian Dozier was called out on strikes to end it.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Jeffress, Brewers escape trouble in the 9th

SOUND SMART
Max Muncy, Matt Kemp, Joc Pederson, Bellinger and Puig combined to hit 146 home runs in the regular season, but they've been blanked in these three games.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Bellinger discusses his Game 3 struggles

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Puig prevented further damage in the eighth inning after Yelich's leadoff walk when Braun dropped a flare at Puig's feet in right field. Puig deked Yelich into freezing halfway between first and second, appearing to have a chance to catch the ball, then easily threw out Yelich at second base.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Puig dekes Yelich to Braun's dismay in 8th

HE SAID IT
"We've got a right-handed bench at that time and Chacin has been very good against right-handers. And with the way that Walker was throwing the baseball, I felt we could get two more innings out of him." -- Roberts, on not batting for Buehler with one out in the bottom of the fifth after Grandal's leadoff double

Video: NLCS Gm3: Chacin retires Pederson to work through 5th

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
In the bottom of the fourth inning after he led off with a walk, Machado was erased at second base on Bellinger's fielder's choice grounder and Bellinger beat the relay throw to first base. The Brewers challenged the call, claiming Machado violated the slide rule, and on review the original call was overturned and Machado was ruled to have hindered and impaired the fielder for a double-play.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Brewers turn DP on Machado's illegal slide

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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'We just didn't hit': LA comes up empty in G3

Dodgers finish 0-for-10 with RISP as Brewers take 2-1 series lead
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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers could not hit the starter they crushed the last time they faced him at Dodger Stadium. They could not KO the reliever they clobbered two days ago in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers could not hit the starter they crushed the last time they faced him at Dodger Stadium. They could not KO the reliever they clobbered two days ago in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.

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It left them frustrated following a 4-0 loss on Monday night in Game 3, in which they went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

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"There's not an explanation for that," Dodgers second baseman Enrique Hernandez said about the team's surprising lack of success against Brewers starters this series.

Brewers right-hander Jhoulys Chacin allowed three hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out six. He fared far worse on Aug. 2 at Dodger Stadium. In fact, the Dodgers hit him so hard in 4 1/3 innings that Brewers position players Hernan Perez and Erik Kratz pitched the final two innings in a 21-5 loss. Chacin allowed nine runs that day. He served up three home runs.

But Chacin changed things up Monday.

Actually, he just played to his strength. He threw a ton of sliders. The Dodgers knew he would throw a bunch. He threw his slider 44.7 percent of the time during the regular season, which was the highest rate of any pitcher in baseball (minimum 2,000 pitches).

But Chacin upped his slider usage even more, which became a problem for an offense that had hit just .038 (1-for-26) against the pitch this postseason. It became even more of a problem because Chacin found himself ahead in the count a lot, meaning the Dodgers did not find themselves in many fastball counts. Chacin threw 55 percent sliders in Game 3 compared to 46 percent on Aug. 2. He threw 61 percent sliders to left-handers in Game 3 compared to 43 percent on Aug. 2.

Yasmani Grandal's bloop double down the left-field line in the fifth inning was the only hit Chacin allowed against a batter from the left side.

"We missed the ball, he made his pitches, we just didn't hit," Max Muncy said. "With that slider, even if he missed it over the plate, it's still a tough pitch. Not at any point is it a good pitch to swing at. He knows that, too. That's why he throws a lot of it."

"His ball was moving all over the place," Cody Bellinger added.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Chacin K's 6 over 5 1/3 scoreless in Game 3

But the Dodgers lamented the fact that they could not manufacture any runs, acknowledging that they cannot always wait on home runs to come.

They had opportunities. Manny Machado hit a leadoff single in the second. He worked a leadoff walk in the fourth. Grandal's double started the fifth and Justin Turner reached on a two-base error with one out in the sixth. But only one base runner reached third base until the ninth inning.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Dodgers discuss 4-0 loss to Brewers

In the ninth, the Dodgers loaded the bases with one out against Brewers right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, who had served up the game-winning, two-run moonshot to Turner in Game 2. Jeffress has been on the mound for eight of the 11 runs the Brewers have allowed in the postseason.

He struck out Grandal and Brian Dozier to end the game.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Jeffress K's Dozier to seal Game 3 win

"We had opportunities, we've got to take full advantage of it," Bellinger said. "We've still got a lot of room left to improve."

But they don't have a lot of time to do it.

Todd Zolecki has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Grandal benched for G4 after struggles in G3

Dodgers catcher could not block WP in 6th, commits PB in 8th
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LOS ANGELES -- Dave Roberts wasted no time late Monday night. Yasmani Grandal is back on the bench for Game 4 of the National League Championship Series tonight, following another rough performance behind the plate in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers fans expressed their frustrations, booing Grandal after he could not block a wild pitch in the sixth inning that allowed the Brewers' second run in a 4-0 victory that gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. That run was set up by another defensive misplay when center fielder Cody Bellinger appeared to misread Travis Shaw's deep drive, allowing Shaw to motor all the way to third with a triple.

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LOS ANGELES -- Dave Roberts wasted no time late Monday night. Yasmani Grandal is back on the bench for Game 4 of the National League Championship Series tonight, following another rough performance behind the plate in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers fans expressed their frustrations, booing Grandal after he could not block a wild pitch in the sixth inning that allowed the Brewers' second run in a 4-0 victory that gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. That run was set up by another defensive misplay when center fielder Cody Bellinger appeared to misread Travis Shaw's deep drive, allowing Shaw to motor all the way to third with a triple.

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Grandal allowed a passed ball in the eighth inning, too. He allowed two passed balls and committed two errors in a one-run loss in Game 1 at Miller Park.

"I think it's driving you guys more nuts than me," Grandal said. "I blocked eight balls in the dirt today. I mean, the one ball that kicks off the plate, we had a man on third, it still hits me in a good spot. It just happened to be one of those plays where as the ball is coming down, it's picking up speed and it hits the back of the plate, and picks up even more speed. I think any baseball person understands what it is to be able to block a ball like that. The way I see it is overall, I was pretty good. I don't really hear the noise outside. I value my opinion way over everybody else. That's what keeps me sane."

Dodgers teammate Enrique Hernandez took more offense to the boos than Grandal.

"It sucks," he said. "Obviously as a teammate, as a competitor, you know that he's doing everything he can. He's not trying to have a hard time behind home plate or anything. But it sucks that there's nothing going on in the stands since the first inning when [Ryan Braun] hit that double, the stadium kind of went quiet for the rest of the evening. It sucks that they got loud just to show off Yasmani. It's a shame. He's trying his best.

"You know, it's the playoffs, it's the big leagues, if they think that they can do it, go ahead. Put on your gear and go catch 99 [mph] with breaking balls that have a lot of movement. He's been one of the best catchers in the game for a while now. He's having a little bit of a rough patch, which we all as humans, as baseball players go through. It's just bad timing."

Shaw's triple came with two out and none on in the sixth to set up the wild pitch. Bellinger ran 94 feet in pursuit, but he slowed as he approached the warning track. He then suddenly sped up and slammed into the wall.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Shaw smacks 2-out triple off wall in 6th

Bellinger's contact with the wall and the ball's ricochet helped Shaw to his first triple since April 11, 2017.

"Yeah, he hit it and I kind of lost it for a quick second, and then picked it right back up," Bellinger said. "I don't know. I just missed it."

It would have been an extremely tough ball for Bellinger to catch, but it seems likely that if he'd had a better read, he might have been able to hold Shaw to a double. And had Shaw been on second, he would not have scored on the ensuing at-bat.

Video: Must C Crucial: Shaw triples, scores on wild pitch

Instead, two pitches later, Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler spiked a 1-0 curveball to Jesus Aguilar. Grandal could not block it. He said after Game 1 that he was flat-footed behind the plate. He said that was not the issue on Monday.

"The curveball was in front of me," he said. "I have no problems."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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LA looks to even series behind Hill as Crew sends out Gio
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LOS ANGELES -- The Brewers will be looking to take a commanding lead and the Dodgers will be looking to even the best-of-seven National League Championship Series in Game 4 tonight at Dodger Stadium.

Lefties Gio Gonzalez of the Brewers and Rich Hill of the Dodgers will start. The Dodgers look for Hill to get through the lineup at least twice, while Gonzalez faced only eight batters in Game 1, allowing a second-inning home run to Manny Machado before turning it over to the Milwaukee bullpen.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Brewers will be looking to take a commanding lead and the Dodgers will be looking to even the best-of-seven National League Championship Series in Game 4 tonight at Dodger Stadium.

Lefties Gio Gonzalez of the Brewers and Rich Hill of the Dodgers will start. The Dodgers look for Hill to get through the lineup at least twice, while Gonzalez faced only eight batters in Game 1, allowing a second-inning home run to Manny Machado before turning it over to the Milwaukee bullpen.

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Brewers wipeout reliever Josh Hader faced only two batters in Game 3 -- striking out David Freese and Matt Kemp -- and should be available for an appearance in Game 4 or 5, if not both.

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What might the starting lineups look like?
Brewers: With a lefty on the mound for the Dodgers for the third time in the series, the Brewers have two lineups to choose from; one with right-handed-hitting Hernan Perez at second base, like they used against Clayton Kershaw in Game 1, and another with left-handed-hitting Travis Shaw, like they used against Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 2. With Hill's relatively even splits in mind, we'll go with the Ryu alignment:

1. Lorenzo Cain, CF
2. Christian Yelich, RF
3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Jesus Aguilar, 1B
5. Mike Moustakas, 3B
6. Travis Shaw, 2B
7. Manny Pina, C
8. Orlando Arcia, SS
9. Gio Gonzalez, P

Dodgers: Austin Barnes returns to the starting lineup behind the plate and Yasmani Grandal goes back to the bench after another rugged game for Grandal, who was charged with his third passed ball of the series and struck out three times in Game 3:

1. Chris Taylor, LF
2. Justin Turner, 3B
3. David Freese, 1B
4. Manny Machado, SS
5. Matt Kemp, RF
6. Enrique Hernandez, 2B
7. Cody Bellinger, CF
8. Austin Barnes, C
9. Rich Hill, P

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Who are the starting pitchers?
Brewers: Gonzalez (10-11, 4.21 ERA) gets his second start of the series, but this could end up being another bullpen day for the Brewers. Gonzalez started Game 1 on Friday, when he threw just 32 pitches over two innings before being lifted for Brandon Woodruff, who took over when the Dodgers' lineup turned over for the first time. Woodruff hasn't pitched since, so he'll be available to cover innings whether Gonzalez struggles or not. Gonzalez figures to be on a short leash either way, though it's possible Craig Counsell asks the lefty for more than last time with Hader not an option for three innings like he threw in Game 1.

Gonzalez allowed a solo homer to Machado and little else in his first appearance of the postseason. He went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA across five starts after being acquired from the Nationals at the end of August.

Dodgers: Hill (11-5, 3.65 ERA) hustled down to the bullpen late Monday and would have pitched in relief if the game went extra innings. Instead, he'll start Game 4. He was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts against the Brewers this season and allowed one run in six innings the only time he faced them at Dodger Stadium in 2018. Hill is an intense competitor and lip readers will be entertained with his reaction to certain pitches and umpire calls.

Video: NLCS Gm4: Hill on preparing for the Brewers' offense

How will the bullpens line up after the starter?
Brewers: The Brewers are in good shape despite using Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress for the sixth time in as many postseason games, and deploying Hader in Game 3 after he was off-limits for Game 2. None of those pitchers threw more than Jeffress' 21 pitches, and Knebel was able to log five outs on only 19 pitches. That sets up those workhorses well for Games 4 and 5.

"We're not just trying to win games here, we're trying to win the series," Counsell said. "We've put ourselves in Games 4 and 5 with tonight's effort."

Video: NLCS Gm3: Counsell on Chacin, bullpen and Arcia

Dodgers: With Walker Buehler throwing seven innings in Game 3, the back end of the Dodgers' bullpen -- Kenley Jansen, Kenta Maeda, Pedro Baez, Caleb Ferguson -- is well rested. Only Alex Wood and Dylan Floro were used Monday night, for one inning each.

Are there any relievers who are unavailable?
Brewers: The pressing question is Hader, whom the Brewers were extremely hesitant to pitch on back-to-back days during the regular season. He did so just five times, the last being Aug. 29-30, when Hader rebounded from a season-worst four-run outing to record an extra-inning save against the Reds. Counsell used Hader for two outs in Game 3, when he needed just eight pitches to strike out both batters he faced.

"You know, we'll always check on it and see how he feels and everything, but obviously the part of taking him out of the game [after two batters] was to have him available for Games 4 and 5 if we need him," Counsell said.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Hader K's Freese, Kemp to close out the 8th

Said Hader: "We'll see what 'Couns' decides, but I'm ready to go."

Dodgers: No.

Any injuries of note?
Brewers: No.

Dodgers: No.

Who is hot and who is not?
Brewers: With his two-run homer in the seventh inning, Arcia has hit as many postseason home runs (three) as he hit in the entirety of a regular season that included two demotions to the Minor Leagues to work on his hitting. He's homered in two straight games. More >>

Video: NLCS Gm3: Arcia cranks 2-run HR in 7th to pad lead

Shaw also stayed productive with a triple that gave the Brewers their second run on Monday thanks to a wild pitch. Two of Shaw's three NLCS hits have gone for extra bases.

Dodgers: Machado had two of the team's five hits in Game 3 and is batting .455 in the series. Grandal will be replaced behind the plate by Barnes, who had a single and bases-loaded walk on Saturday.

Anything else fans might want to know?
Teams that take a 2-1 lead in the NLCS have a 19-7 series record all time.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

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Machado slide-rule violation results in DP

Bellinger ruled out at 1st after Brewers' successful challenge
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LOS ANGELES -- The Brewers benefited from the "Chase Utley" slide rule in the Dodgers' 4-0 loss in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Monday.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Brewers benefited from the "Chase Utley" slide rule in the Dodgers' 4-0 loss in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Monday.

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Cody Bellinger grounded into a 3-6 force play with no outs in the fourth, with Manny Machado out at second. But the Brewers immediately challenged, arguing that Machado had violated the slide rule into second base. Machado raised his arm as he slid into Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia. He also slid to the left of the bag.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Roberts on Machado's controversial slides

The Brewers' hunch paid off. The replay official in New York determined that Machado failed to engage in a proper slide and impeded Arcia with his arm.

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"We talk about it a lot when you go into second base that you have to really make an attempt to hold on to the bag or not try to -- it's a safe play, as far as trying to protect the infielder," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "And so Manny knows that. We talk about it all the time. And they looked at the review and they got it right. Because you do have to make a very good effort to hold on to the bag, and apparently we didn't."

It resulted in a double play, and a groundout by Yasiel Puig ended the inning one batter later. Bellinger probably would have beaten the throw from Arcia, even if Machado had not done anything. He reached first base in just 4.17 seconds, showing elite sprint speed (30.3 ft/sec).

"I don't even know the rule," Bellinger said. "I thought I was going to be safe, whether he slid into the base or not. I definitely didn't see it, but I definitely would have been safe."

But the Brewers had their eye on Machado. They took issue with his slide on a fielder's choice by Bellinger in the second inning, too. They did not challenge that play.

"[Umpire Jim Wolf] said Orlando [Arcia] didn't try to make a throw on that [first] play, and that is a factor in whether they will consider an illegal slide if the guy doesn't attempt to finish the double play," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "Well, the next time he did try to complete it. And we made a throw to first. And Machado was past the bag on the slide, and so we checked it immediately. And our guys in the replay room did a nice job being aggressive with the call."

Video: NLCS Gm3: Machado gets arm up on slide into secon

Todd Zolecki has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Yasiel Puig deked Christian Yelich on a short fly ball and threw him out at second

Heading into Game 3 of the NLCS on Monday night, Brewers star Christian Yelich was looking to get it going at the plate. He was held to a 1-for-8 clip through the first two games, hardly the type of production he'd like to provide for the club he's done so much for all season. 

Yelich ended that drought in the eighth inning, placing a perfect bunt down the third-base line and getting himself back in the hit column.The next hitter, Ryan Braun, lofted a short fly ball to right field. It looked like it was in that nebulous no-man's-land that presents a nightmare for a baserunner.

First-time dad Joc leads off in Game 3

Dodgers outfielder welcomed baby girl on Sunday
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Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson spent the off-day becoming a first-time father. Pederson and wife, Kelsey, welcomed a baby girl on Sunday evening. Poppy Jett Pederson was born at 6:27 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces, the club announced.

Pederson was back with the Dodgers and in the lineup batting leadoff for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Brewers on Monday at Dodger Stadium.

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Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson spent the off-day becoming a first-time father. Pederson and wife, Kelsey, welcomed a baby girl on Sunday evening. Poppy Jett Pederson was born at 6:27 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces, the club announced.

Pederson was back with the Dodgers and in the lineup batting leadoff for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Brewers on Monday at Dodger Stadium.

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The 26-year-old came off the bench in Games 1 and 2, batting 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and a walk. With right-hander Jhoulys Chacin starting for Milwaukee, the Dodgers moved two left-handed hitters -- Pederson and Max Muncy -- to the top of their lineup.

Pederson slashed .239/.300/.534 with 18 home runs in 59 games batting leadoff during the regular season.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Roberts not concerned with Machado's hustle

Turner, Muncy trade lineup spots for Game 3
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LOS ANGELES -- Don't like the look of Manny Machado coasting down the first-base line after hitting a routine grounder, especially in the postseason?

OK, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hears you, but now probably isn't the optimal time to play disciplinarian with one of the most-feared hitters still playing this year.

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LOS ANGELES -- Don't like the look of Manny Machado coasting down the first-base line after hitting a routine grounder, especially in the postseason?

OK, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hears you, but now probably isn't the optimal time to play disciplinarian with one of the most-feared hitters still playing this year.

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"I know that he's doing a lot of things to help us win games," Roberts said. "I don't feel a need to have to address it. Some guys do that and take it, 'I'm going to run so hard because I'm so mad.' He's guilty of going the other way. I don't think it's a disrespect to his teammates."

Roberts said that for all Machado does well offensively and defensively -- and at times exceptionally -- sometimes you just pick your battles.

"There's no perfect player," Roberts said. "A guy that posts every inning is hard to come by these days. For me, the net, it's not even close."

Roberts tweaks lineup with Hader in mind
Don't mess with a good thing -- so don't mess with Justin Turner's spot in the lineup, right?

But Roberts flipped Turner and Max Muncy for Game 3. Turner had hit second in 47 of the Dodgers' previous 49 games, including six postseason games, but Turner hit third and Muncy hit second on Monday. That's because Roberts sees an opportunity to counter Brewers left-handed reliever Josh Hader by stacking right-handers against him late in the game.

Starting with Turner, the next six batters in the Dodgers lineup hit right-handed or are switch-hitters. "It doesn't tinker too much, but what it does is it guards potentially against Hader trying to get a run," Roberts said.

And moving Turner out of his spot? Turner had a 1.027 OPS hitting second in 51 regular-season games this season. He had a .783 OPS in 45 games hitting third.

"I just don't think that's too much," Roberts said. "We don't lose too much."

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Which mashup team is better: ALCS or NLCS?

Given the quality of the teams involved in each League Championship Series, the Fall Classic already looks like it will be chock full of talent. The Astros, Red Sox, Dodgers and Brewers all have plenty of All-Stars to go around, but what would happen if the two teams in each league decided to put away their LCS squabbles and combine, Voltron-style, for two absolutely loaded rosters?

We smushed the two teams together, selected the best from each league at every position and came up with the results.

Dodgers grinding out Brewers' vaunted bullpen

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers had a feeling.

No, they knew.

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers had a feeling.

No, they knew.

At least they sounded like they knew. The Dodgers felt they would beat the Brewers' bullpen in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park, if presented another opportunity. They fell short in Game 1, but they took their hacks as Milwaukee's relievers showed fissures in the foundation. The Dodgers felt good about those Game 1 efforts. In fact, they sounded remarkably upbeat following the loss.

:: NLCS schedule and results ::

So imagine how they felt after the actual comeback victory in Game 2, with Justin Turner smashing a two-run homer against Brewers right-hander Jeremy Jeffress. The Dodgers sound like a team that had cracked the code. It gives them every reason to be confident entering Game 3 on Monday at Dodger Stadium.

"I like our approach," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "I like the position players we run out there. You can't take anything away from that 'pen. They've done it over the course of the season, and they're a tough 'pen for anyone to match up against. But I do believe -- we talked about last night seeing these guys two nights in a row -- I think that that plays to our advantage."

Added shortstop Manny Machado: "We're trying to grind them out, grind them as much as we can."

The Brewers' bullpen posted a 1.61 ERA in 23 games before the NLCS, including three dominant performances against the Rockies in the NL Division Series. Batters hit just .182 with a .528 OPS against Brewers relievers in that span. They struck out an eye-popping 143 batters in 106 innings.

But the Brewers' bullpen has a 6.97 ERA in two games against the Dodgers, who have a deep bench and can counter Milwaukee's depth with strong platoon matchups. The Dodgers have hit .333 with an .844 OPS against the Brewers' bullpen. They have hit the ball hard, too. Batters had an average exit velocity of 87.5 mph against the Brewers' bullpen in the regular season. The Dodgers have an average exit velocity of 90.6 mph.

The trick is keeping it going, right?

Players like Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger can help. He ripped a first-pitch fastball from Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes into center field for a base hit in the seventh inning in Game 2. It scored a run to cut Milwaukee's lead to 3-1.

It also snapped Bellinger's 0-for-15 skid to open the postseason, and an 0-for-24 postseason slump dating back to his seventh-inning triple in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series. Bellinger's single against Burnes tracked at 104.5 mph, according to Statcast™.

Video: NLCS Gm2: Bellinger gets Dodgers going with RBI knock

Bellinger hit the ball hard a couple times in Game 1, too.

"I'm a believer that one swing -- even if it's a hit or not -- can get it going," Bellinger said. "Yeah, man, it feels good. But I've been feeling good at the plate for most of the postseason. I just haven't had any results, but it was nice to break through there and hopefully we can go from there."

Brewers left-hander Josh Hader did not pitch in Game 2 after throwing three innings in Game 1. He'll very likely be available again in Game 3, which casts the Milwaukee relief corps in a very different light and will be a nice boost for the Brewers.

Video: NLCS Gm2: Roberts on getting to the Brewers' bullpen

On the other hand, Jeffress' struggles are concerning. The Brewers have allowed 11 runs this postseason. He has been on the mound for eight of them. Jeffress said the Dodgers got lucky in Game 2, although he walked back his "lucky" comments in a tweet Sunday.

The lucky talk doesn't matter to the Dodgers. They have seen the Brewers' bullpen, and they like what they see.

"Everybody knows that they have a good bullpen, but yesterday [in Game 1] the bullpen threw too much," Yasiel Puig said Saturday. "We got to their bullpen two times. We finally got a win."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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3 keys for Dodgers to gain NLCS edge in LA

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LOS ANGELES -- After tying up the National League Championship Series with a dramatic Game 2 comeback win in Milwaukee, the Dodgers look to take control with the next three games at Dodger Stadium, where they went 45-37 during the regular season and won both NL Division Series games against Atlanta. Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler will start against Jhoulys Chacin.

Here are three keys if they hope to head back to Milwaukee with a series lead, or better yet, end the series without having to go back to Miller Park.

LOS ANGELES -- After tying up the National League Championship Series with a dramatic Game 2 comeback win in Milwaukee, the Dodgers look to take control with the next three games at Dodger Stadium, where they went 45-37 during the regular season and won both NL Division Series games against Atlanta. Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler will start against Jhoulys Chacin.

Here are three keys if they hope to head back to Milwaukee with a series lead, or better yet, end the series without having to go back to Miller Park.

:: NLCS schedule and results ::

1. More Justin Turner magic 
Turner was once a non-roster invitee. Now he ranks with Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth in postseason on-base percentage. Or they rank with him. Bobblehead designers are probably already at work duplicating his freeze-frame with bat in hand high in the air as his game-winning homer flew out of Miller Park on Saturday.

Brewers-Dodgers G3: Lineups, matchups, FAQs

To look at the Dodgers' lineup is to see a deep, dangerous group, and it might appear that Turner is but one cog in a ferocious machine. But to regularly watch the team reveals that he's more than that. He's the most essential member of the lineup, one of the few players who starts every single day against right- or left-handed pitchers. He's a power hitter who draws walks and rarely strikes out, making him one of the game's toughest hitters to neutralize. As he goes, they go.

2. Starters must keep it close
Even with the offensive weapons of this platoon lineup, the Dodgers need to exploit an apparent advantage in starting pitching, which they didn't do in either of their postseason losses. Next up is Buehler, who allowed the Brewers only one run over seven innings in his only start against them this season, at Dodger Stadium.

He stumbled in a five-run inning in his postseason debut, but pitched a strong game in Game 163, an indication that he doesn't shrink in big moments. Pitching at home should help as well. The right-hander has pure stuff to rival nearly anyone in baseball; he simply has to execute.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Buehler on secondary pitches before Game 3

3. Kenley Jansen needs to be Kenley Jansen
So far, so good, for the closer who is highly motivated to finish an uneven season with the ultimate prize. Jansen's one-out walk of Hernan Perez and Perez's two-out steal of second base in Game 2 might have gotten the heart beating, but it was a good sign to see Jansen jam Christian Yelich for the final out.

Jansen has four strikeouts, one walk and one hit allowed in three shutout innings so far this postseason. That's a very small sample size, but it's also very encouraging for the right-hander, who spent much of the season searching for consistent form.

Video: NLCS Gm2: Jansen retires Yelich for clutch save

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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Here's what happened in Monday's AFL action

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Monday:

• GamedaySurprise 2, Scottsdale 0 | Peoria 13, Salt River 4 | Mesa 8, Glendale 0

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Monday:

• GamedaySurprise 2, Scottsdale 0 | Peoria 13, Salt River 4 | Mesa 8, Glendale 0

AL East

2018 Arizona Fall League rosters

Blue Jays
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., MLB Pipeline's No. 1 overall prospect, continued a torrid fall with another hit, a seventh-inning single, in Surprise's 2-0 win over Scottsdale on Monday, and added a walk in a 1-for-4 evening at the plate. Blue Jays No. 9 prospect Cavan Biggio added a walk and run in five trips to the plate.

Orioles
A pair of Orioles prospects -- southpaw Tyler Erwin and right-hander Jay Flaa -- turned in strong relief performances in a losing effort for Glendale. Erwin struck out a batter in a perfect inning, while Flaa walked one batter in a scoreless inning. Third baseman Steve Wilkerson collected one of Glendale's five hits, batting 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. The O's No. 12 prospect, center fielder Ryan McKenna, went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Rays
Shortstop Lucius Fox, the Rays' No. 9 prospect, reached base five times with two hits and three walks from the leadoff spot to key a 13-run outburst by Peoria on Monday. No. 25 prospect Ryan Boldt added two hits and two walks, including an RBI single. No. 17 prospect Joe McCarthy, the left fielder, was 0-for-4 with an RBI groundout. Starting pitcher Matt Krook got Peoria in an early hole, allowing four runs in 2 2/3 innings, with two of those runs brought in by a double off reliever Dalton Moats, who otherwise pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Video: Fox on game, lessons learned at Arizona Fall League

Red Sox
Second baseman Esteban Quiroz scored and added a single in five trips to the plate for the Solar Sox in their 8-0 shutout of Glendale.

Yankees
Right-hander Jordan Foley started for Glendale and gave up two unearned runs, two hits and two walks while striking out three batters in his second appearance of fall. Righty Kyle Zurak gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning. Steven Sensley had one of five Glendale hits. Yankees No. 2 prospect Estevan Florial went 0-for-3 with a walk, and No. 16 Thairo Estrada went 0-for-4.

AL Central

Indians
Jared Robinson absorbed the brunt of the damage in Glendale's loss to Mesa, allowing four runs on four hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. He struck out two batters in his first AFL appearance of 2018. Right-fielder Connor Marabell went 1-for-4, and catcher Li-Jen Chu hit a pinch-hit double in the eighth.

Royals
Surprise trotted out four Royals pitching prospects to combine for a four-hit shutout against Scottsdale on Monday night, started by No. 26 prospect Scott Blewett (4 IP, 4 K) and finished by No. 12 prospect Arnaldo Hernandez (2 IP, 1 K), Grant Gavin (2 IP, 3 K) and Walker Sheller, who earned the save with a perfect ninth inning. Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.

Video: Top Prospects: Scott Blewett, RHP, Royals

Tigers
Left fielder Daniel Woodrow went 2-for-4 with a run scored for Mesa. It's his second multi-hit game in a row.

Twins
Right fielder Luke Raley, the Twins' No. 19 prospect, went 0-for-2 with a walk and scored on a sacrifice fly in Salt River's 13-4 loss to Peoria. Jaylin Davis went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as the starting designated hitter.

White Sox
White Sox No. 28 prospect Laz Rivera, a shortstop, went 0-for-4 for Glendale.

AL West

A's
A quartet of A's prospects -- Calvin Coker (1 1/3 innings), Angel Duno (2 IP), Jake Bray (1 IP) and Sam Sheehan (1 2/3 IP) -- combined to pitch six scoreless innings in relief against Glendale. Center fielder Luis Barrera drove in a pair of runs and scored two with a hit and a walk. Designated hitter Eli White, the A's No. 18 prospect, was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a run, a walk and a stolen base.

Angels
Right-hander Jesus Castillo, the Angels' No. 12 prospect, started for Mesa and pitched three scoreless frames, holding Glendale to just three hits and a walk while fanning five batters. David MacKinnon drew two walks, and Roberto Baldoquin went hitless in five at-bats but plated two runs on ground outs.

Video: Castillo on pitching performance in Fall League

Astros
Astros No. 24 prospect Trent Thornton was the first man out of the bullpen for Scottsdale, allowing two hits in two shutout innings with three strikeouts and a walk. No. 21 prospect Abraham Toro-Hernandez and center fielder Ronnie Dawson were both hitless as the Scorpions were shut out by Surprise.

Mariners
Mariners No. 2 prospect Evan White continued a strong fall with an RBI double and bases-loaded walk in Peoria's 13-run showing to bring his AFL RBI total up to seven. Catcher Joe DeCarlo hit a two-run double and walked twice while scoring three runs.

Rangers
Julio Pablo Martinez drove in one of Surprise's two runs with an RBI groundout and also doubled in four trips to the plate. Charles Leblanc started at designated hitter and singled in a 1-for-4 performance.

NL East

Braves
A pair of Braves prospects pitched effectively in relief for Peoria, with Thomas Burrows, Atlanta's No. 19 prospect, throwing two hitless innings with four strikeouts, and Adam McCreery tossing a scoreless ninth inning in the Javelinas' 13-4 victory. Center fielder Cristian Pache, the Braves' No. 6 prospect, hit an RBI single and walked twice, while second baseman Ray-Patrick Didder was 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Marlins
Marlins No. 1 prospect Monte Harrison extended Salt River's early lead with a two-run double, but teammates Brian Miller and Bryson Brigman went hitless in the loss to Peoria. Kyle Keller got the final out for Salt River, while Tommy Eveld was charged with four runs after walking two and allowing two hits to Peoria in one-third of an inning.

Mets
No. 24 prospect Stephen Nogosek threw a scoreless eighth inning for Scottsdale with a strikeout and a walk, while No. 1 prospect Andres Jimenez and No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso were each hitless in four at-bats. Ali Sanchez entered as a defensive replacement at catcher for the ninth inning.

Nationals
Southpaw Jordan Milles pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in a losing effort for the Rafters, holding Peoria to one hit and a walk while striking out one batter. Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom went 0-for-2, but drew two walks and scored a run. No. 7 Daniel Johnson, an outfielder, went 0-for-4, and left-hander Ben Braymer allowed four runs on a hit and three walks and recorded just one out.

Phillies
Phillies No. 11 prospect Arquimedes Gamboa and outfielder Luke Williams had two of the Scorpions' four hits, while Darick Hall went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the designated hitter. Jonathan Hennigan pitched the fifth inning and allowed one of the two Surprise runs, while Seth McGarry relieved Hennigan and threw two shutout innings with two strikeouts.

NL Central

Brewers
Keston Hiura, the Brewers' No. 1 prospect, drove in three runs with a bases-loaded walk and two-run single to collect his 10th RBI of AFL play. No. 8 prospect Daniel Brown pitched a scoreless eighth inning with a strikeout.

Cardinals
Second baseman Andy Young was one of two Surprise hitters with multiple hits and drove in one of the Saguaros' two runs with a first-inning RBI single. Catcher Jeremy Martinez walked in all four of his plate appearances in a perfect night at the plate.

Cubs
The Cubs' No. 6 prospect, shortstop Nico Hoerner, turned in a three-hit performance for a second straight game and scored a run in Mesa's win. Right fielder Trent Giambrone (Cubs' No. 29) and catcher P.J. Higgins each went 0-for-4 with a run and a walk.

Pirates
Pirates No. 16 prospect Will Craig went 2-for-4 as one of two Saguaros hitters with multiple hits, while No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker singled to start the game before scoring on a sacrifice fly.

Reds
Outfielder Taylor Trammell, the Reds' No. 3 prospect, knocked two singles on Monday night and was the only Scottsdale hitter with multiple hits. No. 8 prospect Shed Long walked in a pinch-hit at-bat, while starter Austin Orewiler took the loss after allowing one run on three hits in two innings.

NL West

D-backs
Arizona's No. 5 prospect, catcher Daulton Varsho, went 0-for-3 but drew a walk. Two pitching prospects pitched for Salt River: Kevin Ginkel, who tossed 1 1/3 innings and struck out three while allowing a run, and Bo Takahashi, who took the loss after being charged for four runs on four hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.

Dodgers
Right-handers Nolan Long and Jordan Sheffield each made scoreless relief appearances for Glendale. Long allowed two hits and struck out three in two scoreless frames, and Sheffield struck out one in a perfect frame with one strikeout. Catcher Keibert Ruiz went 1-for-3, and designated hitter Cody Thomas went 0-for-2 with a walk.

Giants
Sam Wolff struck out a batter in a scoreless ninth in Scottsdale's loss to Surprise, and catcher Matt Winn went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

Padres
Padres No. 23 prospect Hudson Potts tied the team lead with three RBIs with a pair of run-scoring singles and scored a run in Peoria's 13-4 win. Hansel Rodriguez picked up his first win of the fall by pitching a scoreless fifth inning before his lineup exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the frame.

Rockies
Rockies No. 10 prospect Ryan Castellani was wild but effective in a solid start, walking three but keeping Peoria off the board in 3 2/3 hitless innings. No. 11 prospect Tyler Nevin was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI single, while Josh Fuentes doubled, walked and scored a run in a 1-for-4 performance.