LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he expected the Brewers to issue two intentional walks, loading the bases and bringing up pitcher Julio Urias, instead of having Junior Guerra pitch to Cody Bellinger with two outs and Manny Machado on second base in Game 4 on Tuesday night,
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he expected the Brewers to issue two intentional walks, loading the bases and bringing up pitcher Julio Urias, instead of having Junior Guerra pitch to Cody Bellinger with two outs and Manny Machado on second base in Game 4 on Tuesday night, because of where the Dodgers' bullpen was at.
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"Which was," Roberts said, "non-existent."
Urias, the last of eight relievers, had already pitched one inning. No position players remained to pinch-hit, and Game 6 starter Hyun-Jin Ryu was trying to prepare his surgically repaired arm if the game extended to the 15th inning, but he wouldn't have been ready for the 14th.
"To extend the game flips it to their side, for me," Roberts said.
Instead, Bellinger singled home Machado for a 2-1 walk-off win in 13 innings that knotted the National League Championship Series at two games each. Roberts said had Urias come up, he would have batted because he needed at least a second inning from him. Urias had one plate appearance this season, a strikeout.
"Look, I debated how we chose to go after Bellinger instead of walking two guys and the bases loaded," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "I still would do the same thing, but it's certainly something you debate in your head. But I think any time -- look, any time we lose games, my job is to reflect. And so there's always going to be reflection after games."
Now this is a different lineup
Roberts made his most dramatic lineup changes for Game 5 against Brewers left-hander Wade Miley.
"We haven't had much success against Miley," Roberts said. "It's matchup and who they've got in the 'pen."
Bellinger hit leadoff for just the second time in his career. The other time was April 26, 2017, his second career game. Bellinger entered Wednesday 1-for-5 with one walk and one strikeout in his career against Miley.
"Just to shake things up," Roberts sad. "I like Cody's at-bats against Miley. I [like the] quality of contact and I like him there. Going forward how we could combat what they do, it made sense to us."
Roberts also started Player Page for Max Muncy at second base for the first time since Sept. 11, and just the third time since July 27. He played there 13 times in the regular season.
"He's played a good amount of second base this year and through the Minors and even in the big leagues with Oakland," Roberts said. "Don't know how long it's going to be him over there, depending on how the game unfolds. David [Freese] is at first base, and at some point in time in the game, we see Max going over to first base. But to start the game and get his bat and to produce some offense, I think it's a good thing."
Enrique Hernandez played in right field over Yasiel Puig. Hernandez is 0-for-8 with one strikeout in his career against Miley. Puig is 6-for-19 with one home run, two RBIs, six walks and four strikeouts against him.
It is no surprise that Austin Barnes started behind the plate again. Yasmani Grandal has struggled defensively, costing the Dodgers runs in Games 1 and 3. The Dodgers lost both of those games.
Miley, however, lasted one batter and didn't record an out, walking Bellinger before being replaced by Brandon Woodruff. The Brewers plan to start Miley on Friday in Game 6, according to MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal.
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