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Dodgers Win Game 1 of the Wild Card Series Behind a Solid Bullpen Effort

Highlights from Game 1 of the Wild Card Series.



The Dodgers and Brewers squared off tonight in Los Angeles for game 1 of the Wild Card Series. Walker Buehler got the ball for Los Angeles up against Brent Suter for the Brewers. Surprisingly, those two guys ultimately did not end up being the storyline of the night.

Walker Buehler

The story of the game seemed to be Walker Buehler and the blister on his throwing hand. The ESPN broadcast spent most of the time he was on the mound talking about it, and even zooming in on it several times. Buehler cruised through his first 3 innings for the Dodgers before giving up a 2-run shot to Orlando Arcia in the 4th. 

Buehler ended up leaving the game with a 1-run lead and 8 strikeouts on the night. 

First-Inning Drama

The 1st inning of this one was not played like a typical playoff game. After Mookie Betts doubled to lead off the home-half of the inning, Brewers’ pitcher Brent Suter walked 4 Dodgers hitters to give them an early 2-0 lead. Suter was removed from the game after issuing another walk in the 2nd inning. 

Dodgers Bullpen

The Dodgers bullpen came on after Walker Buehler, and Julio Urias was phenomenal. He threw 3 innings and allowed just three hits. Urias also struck out five batters en route to setting things up Blake Treinen in the 8th. Treinen produced 3 quick outs (aside from a single) to hand the ball off to Kenley Jansen for the save. 

Kenley Jansen came on and got two quick out before issuing a walk to Jace Peterson. That set up a possible game-tying scenario with Christian Yelich at the plate. Jansen got Yelich to strike out on a ball up to lock down the save for the Dodgers. 

Seager Provides Insurance

The Dodgers were facing the potential of going into the 9th inning with just a 1-run lead. While they certainly have the bullpen to get the job done, Corey Seager decided he would give them some breathing room. Seager took Freddy Peralta way deep to centerfield to extend Los Angeles’ lead to 2 runs. 

The Dodgers will now head in to Thursday night with the potential to clinch the series. Los Angeles will throw Clayton Kershaw out to try and end the series early, while Milwaukee will turn to Brandon Woodruff to try and stay alive. 

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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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  1. Urias continued his past postseason excellence as a long releiver, and Jansen didn’t implode. Too many hitless Dodgers, but Seager, Pollack, and Taylor came through. And Mookie was Mookie, the best in baseball. Hopefully more bats will come alive tomorrow to complement the really good pitching we saw today. Buehler threw one bad pitch, and had a whole lot of strikeouts. He’s fine.

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