Brewers manager Craig Counsell started Wade Miley on three days of rest in Game 5 of the National League Championship Seres, but Miley’s start lasted just one batter. After Miley walked leadoff batter Cody Bellinger, Counsell summoned right-hander Brandon Woodruff, the winner in Game 1.
Woodruff created some tension by hitting No. 2 hitter Justin Turner, giving the Dodgers two runners and nobody out. But the right-hander, seemingly ticketed for a spot in the rotation next season, struck out David Freese and induced a shattered-bat double-play grounder from Manny Machado.
Machado, by the way, reportedly was fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for his base-running misadventure Tuesday night in which he seemed to intentionally clip Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar on a 10th-inning grounder.
After the Brewers went quietly in the second inning against starter Clayton Kershaw, Woodruff dispatched three more Dodgers hitters in the second inning, sending the game to the third inning with no score.