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Dodgers Take Game Two Behind Turner’s Blast

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Oct 13, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) hits a two home run during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in game two of the 2018 NLCS playoff baseball series at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Well Dodgers fans, it was another wild and stressful game on Saturday. The Dodgers were down early and looked to be dead in the water for most of the game. That is, until the eighth inning.

 

After going 0-5 with four strikeouts in game one, Turner launched a series-altering homerun into left off of one of Milwaukee’s best relievers. That shot put the Dodgers up 4-3 and the bullpen shut it down to tie up the series at a game apiece.

The Offense

The bats were pretty quiet for most of the game, so not much can be said about the offense. Wade Miley held Los Angeles to two hits in 5.2 innings and was pulled probably much too early. He did not allow a single walk and struck out three.

Other than Turner’s homerun, the offense really only broke through and showed life once. In the seventh, Max Muncy led off with a walk and a pair of singles by Machado and Bellinger got the Dodgers on the scoreboard. Austin Barnes drew a bases-loaded walk and suddenly the Dodgers were just a run behind.

It’s worth noting that Yasmani Grandal killed that rally by grounding into a double play.

The Bullpen

Dave Roberts’ bullpen did their part to keep the game tight. Ryan Madson came in with runners on in the 5th and induced a soft grounder and strikeout to get out of it with limited damage.  Alex Wood came on to follow Madson, but gave up a long solo shot to Travis Shaw and was pulled.

Dylan Floro, Pedro Baez, Caleb Ferguson, and Kenta Maeda all followed with a little bit of work. Those four guys did not allow a single hit in an effort to bridge the gap to closer Kenley Jansen. Jansen came in and got Arcia to pop up, issued a walk to Perez, struck out Cain, and got the dangerous Yelich to ground out softly.

Looking Ahead

The series moves to Los Angeles for three games starting on Monday, with Walker Buehler set to face off against Jhoulys Chacin.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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