Corey Knebel gave up his first run in 20 outings, but he still managed to strike out Justin Turner for the final out, as the Milwaukee Brewrs took a 6-5 nail-biter over the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.
In a reversal of roles for the back end of his bullpen, Brewers manager Craig Counsell brought on Knebel for the ninth inning after Jeremy Jeffress got the last out of the eighth inning after allowing three inherited runners to score.
The seventh Brewers pitcher of the night, Knebel preserved the Brewers’ 6-5 victory, but not without a lot of nerves frayed for Milwaukee fans..
Knebel retired Cody Bellinger on a grounder to the right of second. Mike Moustakas made a diving play from a shift and threw. The original call was safe, but replay overturned the call.
Knebel struck out Yasmani Grandal for the second out.
Joc Pederson worked Knebel for a walk, and Chris Taylor lined a shot to the wall in right-center. Lorenzo Cain got to the ball and got a glove on the ball, but couldn’t hold on. Pederson scored, and Taylor got all the way to third with a triple.
Knebel finally struck out Justin Turner with a high fastball to end the game after 4 hours and 2 minutes.