In the meantime, Kasten says he's focused on winning Game 6 against the Milwaukee Brewers and getting the World Series.
And, with that victory, they now hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven National League Champion Series, putting them one win away from a return to the World Series, giving them a chance to get there in Game 6 at Miller Park in Milwaukee on Friday night. He faced just one hitter, throwing five pitches.
Machado had reached base with a one-out single before moving to second on a wild pitch while Bellinger was at the plate. On Tuesday, October 16, Machado told Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic that he will "never been Johnny Hustle" adding "it's just not who I am".
"I think we gave each other a big hug", Bellinger said.
And all it meant was that the Brewers were now "bullpenning", a normal mode for them, a new-age strategy that de-emphasizes starting pitching and instead hands games to a collection of relievers.
Dodgers reliever Julio Urias (1-0) pitched a scoreless 13th inning to earn the victory.
The Dodgers tied the game 1-all on Austin Barnes' RBI single up the middle in the fifth. He briefly hugged Aguilar while they stood together at first base.
Not only have we been reminded during the telecasts that the Brewers were also a serious suitor for Machado ahead of the July non-waiver trade deadline, but there have been countless reminders that Machado remains a polarizing figure around baseball.
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He recorded four sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in the first three games of the season. Ohio State will be without star defensive end Nick Bosa for the rest of the season.
"He's a player that has a history of those types of incidents", Milwaukee slugger Christian Yelich said. "One time is an accident". You can say it wasn't on goal, this and that, but it's a dirty play. "I know him really well". "Not just because of the fans, but because of how we were playing the game ..." So if this was Kershaw's final home start as a Dodger, if that was really it, he turned in a performance worth remembering.
Max Muncy hit a go-ahead single in the sixth inning for the defending NL champs.
In five regular-season starts with the Brewers, he had a 2.13 ERA with a 3-0 record.
In April 2017, Machado slid hard at Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, injuring Pedroia's left knee. The lefty retired his last 13 batters and blanked Milwaukee following Lorenzo Cain's RBI double in the top of the second. Dozier had one hit in five previous at-bats in the playoffs.
Then the wait was on.
"We're in a good spot, man", Counsell said. "The bullpen, what they did tonight against a very good offensive club, my hat's off to these guys". The Dodgers scored just seven runs in their three NLCS home games and did not hit a home run. He allowed three hits, two walks, and struck out nine in what may have been one of his best playoff starts ever.
The Brewers started the game with left-hander Wade Miley on the mound.