Dodgers Reporter: Los Angeles Behind 8-Ball Against Milwaukee Brewers In NLCS

Milwaukee's pitching staff is making life hard on the Dodgers

After Hours with Amy Lawrence
October 29, 2018 - 8:18 am

After overcoming a 3-0 deficit to beat the Brewers in Milwaukee in Game 2, the Los Angeles Dodgers entered Game 3 of the NLCS feeling pretty good. 

Then they got shut out at home 4-0 and find themselves, once again, trailing in the series.

“(Milwaukee) has been really improvising – not just just game-to-game, but inning-to-inning with their pitching,” Southern California News Group Dodgers reporter J.P. Hoornstra said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think it has to be a little bit hard to predict if you’re Dave Roberts who’s going to be on the mound from inning-to-inning. Jhoulys Chacin had the hot hand (in Game 3) and Craig Counsell rode it – and it worked to perfection.”

Indeed, Chacin struck out six and scattered three hits in 5 and 1/3 innings. The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the first, and that was all Chacin needed.

That said, the Dodgers had their chances.

“On the Dodgers’ side, they’re wondering why they went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position,” Hoornstra said. “I think if you’re the Brewers, you can’t necessarily count on the Dodgers doing that every day. But having the four-run lead was nice. The Dodgers had the bases loaded in the ninth inning. One swing could have tied it up. That’s how close it was again, even in spite of the final score. It just seemed like Counsell pushed the right buttons again and the Dodgers are behind the 8-ball now.”

Whether they can respond in Game 4 on Tuesday remains to be seen.

“It depends on who you’re talking to,” Hoornstra said. “Dodger fans, of course, are frustrated, and they look at a game like this and connect it to every time they can remember the Dodgers not coming through with a runner in scoring position all season. I think from the players standpoint, they can (point out that they came back in Games 1 and 2). You look at those rallies and there’s something to build on there and hopefully that confidence is enough to carry them through in Game 4. I think that confidence is there (among players). Maybe a little less confidence among the fans.”