On objective. Their crafty bit of strategy ultimately didn't pay off, as their bats never got going and their bullpen didn't hold.
It wasn't until the bottom of the fifth inning that Los Angeles struck back.
Dodgers reliever Julio Urias (1-0) pitched a scoreless 13th inning to earn the victory. The incident took place a day after Machado caught attention for a pair of hard slides into second base during Game 3, one of which resulted in an interference call.
Machado came into this postseason with a reputation, as all longstanding baseball players develop at some point in their careers.
In Game 5, Wednesday, Kershaw got 10 swings and misses with the slider.
The Washington Senators started right-handed Curly Ogden in that game.
Last week, the Yankees announced that their shortstop, Didi Gregorius, would undergo Tommy John surgery, and speculation grew that Machado was headed for NY. New York's attempt to play to the platoon advantage was gone, and Washington won.
The rest of the Brewers didn't appear to be quite as forgiving. The situation was resolved with a Bellinger walk-off but what could that have meant should Cody not hit that ball? And then... he was gone. While the strategy was innovative, if not curious, it gave way to Brandon Woodruff. Miley is expected to start Game 6 on Friday. It is one thing to not run out a groundball on the Baltimore Orioles. With Milwaukee trailing 2-1, the first part of the gambit was over.
Barnes replaced Grandal when he slumped down the stretch last season, ultimately starting 13 of the Dodgers' 15 postseason games.
-Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will not start Game 5 of the ALCS against Houston on Thursday as he continues to recover from a stomach illness, manager Alex Cora said.
Clayton Kershaw will look to bounce back after falling short of expectations on Game 1 of the NLCS in Milwaukee. He made that feel like distant memory on Wednesday. Gonzalez gave up one run on two hits in one-plus inning, injuring himself while trying to field a Yasiel Puig infield single.
The Brewers don't have much time to fix their woes, but Counsell might need to contemplate more lineup changes for Game 5. The MVP frontrunner entered tonight 3-for-16, with none of those hits for extra bases. In Game 5, he struck out nine of the 25 he faced. In his time with the Dodgers, Rich Hill has a 2.93 ERA in 40 postseason innings, effectively working as the postseason ace the Dodgers have desperately been looking for over the last few years. The Brewers' offense was subdued here across the board, particularly against Kershaw-but even against that backdrop, their best hitter's continued lackluster performance seems striking.