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MILWAUKEE — It seems Craig Counsell’s managerial philosophy was cemented long before he ever managed. Prince Fielder, a teammate of Counsell’s the last time the Brewers made the National League Championship Series in 2011, returned to throw a ceremonial first pitch before Saturday afternoon’s Game 2 against the Dodgers, and he was asked how Counsell influenced his career.

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MILWAUKEE — It seems Craig Counsell’s managerial philosophy was cemented long before he ever managed. Prince Fielder, a teammate of Counsell’s the last time the Brewers made the National League Championship Series in 2011, returned to throw a ceremonial first pitch before Saturday afternoon’s Game 2 against the Dodgers, and he was asked how Counsell influenced his career.

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Before he could get the words out, Fielder chuckled.

“There was one time that I was thinking about bunting,” Fielder said. “He told me if I bunt, he’ll punch me in the face.”

But seriously…

“He helped me out a lot when I was playing with him, so I could imagine him being a coach,” Fielder said. “His attitude was always good for these situations, especially tense situations. He was always calm. I think he’s doing a great job.”

Fielder, whose career ended prematurely in 2016 because of a serious neck injury, Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey  said he is physically well, as long as he sticks to “anything that doesn’t involve running into anything. As long as my neck doesn’t go hard back and forth, we’re good. Safe stuff, I guess.”

Like ceremonial first pitches.

Saturday was Fielder’s second pitch Milller Park this season. He threw one alongside former Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and outfielder Geoff Jenkins in July, when Fielder, Melvin and the late Harry Dalton were added to the Brewers’ Wall of Honor outside Miller Park, and Jenkins was inducted to the Brewers’ Walk of Fame.

Prince returns to Miller Park, honored by Crew

But that time, Fielder stood off the mound. He was planning to go the full 60 feet, six inches on Saturday.

Video: Prince Fielder discusses returning to Milwaukee

That was Fielder’s first visit back to Miller Park since the Brewers’ 2011 playoff run ended with a loss to the Cardinals in Game 6 of the NLCS. The enduring image from that day was his 6-year-old son, Jadyn, crying in the clubhouse. Fielder sent him to Uncle Rickie (Weeks) for consolati Justin Smoak Jersey on while addressing reporters about the imminent end of a Brewers career that began when Milwaukee made him the seventh overall pick in the 2002 Draft.

Fielder signed a $214 million contract with the Tigers during the following offseason.

“It was a fun year, but obviously any time the year ends before yo Kevin Pillar Jersey u want it to, it hurts a little bit,” Fielder said. “I just remember it as a good year. My family was here. Everybody was having a good time. We had T-Plush [energetic outfielder Nyjer Morgan]. It was sad when it ended.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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MILWAUKEE — To the national audience just tuning in to what’s been going on in MLB’s smallest media market: Welcome to Brewers baseball.

Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Friday night at Miller Park was a nine-inning primer on how the Brewers got to this point — a harrowing 6-5 win over the Dodgers that gave Milwaukee a 12th straight victory and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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MILWAUKEE — To the national audience just tuning in to what’s been going on in MLB’s smallest media market: Welcome to Brewers baseball.

Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Friday night at Miller Park was a nine-inning primer on how the Brewers got to this point — a harrowing 6-5 win over the Dodgers that gave Milwaukee a 12th straight victory and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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It was fueled by a five-run flurry at the expense of Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers’ dodgy defense, during which one of the Brewers’ “out-getters,” Brandon Woodruff, hit the unlikeliest of home runs and manager Craig Counsell began to push the accelerator to the floor with baseball’s best relief corps since the start of September. They got it done. Barely.

Woodruff’s rare HR comes with extra emotion

Video: NLCS Gm1: Woodruff belts a solo homer off Kershaw

After Counsell extended Josh Hader for three scoreless innings and Jeremy Jeffress did just enough to avert disaster in the Dodgers’ three-run eighth, Corey Knebel did the same in the ninth. He struck out Justin Turner with the potential tying run at third base to put the Brewers in a statistically good place: Teams that have won Game 1 of a best-of-seven League Championship Kevin Pillar Jersey  Series at home have gone on to win the series 24 out of 35 times (69 percent).

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“Every game matters and everybody in the ‘pen knows it. I love it,” said Knebel. “What we’re doing is different than ever before. Most teams, Game 1, you’ve got that ‘starter’ going long. We’re in the bullpen.

“Hey, the game is changing.”

The Brewers are among the teams at the forefront of that change, and whether you call it bullpenning or something else, it certainly wasn’t the brand of baseball they played under Harvey Kuenn on the way to the World Series in 1982, or that Ron Roenicke managed in the Brewers’ other NLCS in 2011. Or, for that matter, that Dave Roberts engineered from the visitors’ dugout, where the Dodgers were counting on another superlative performance from Kershaw like the one he delivered over eight efficient two-hit innings against the Braves in Game 2 of the NL Division Series.

Counsell sent Roberts bottle of wine

Manny Machado even spotted Kershaw and the Dodgers a lead with a laser beam of a home run to the Brewers’ bullpen in the second inning off Gio Gonzalez, who was out of the game by design after one turn through the order. That surprised no one who has been watching Counsell employ a parade of multi-inning relievers — he began referring to them as “out-getters” way back in Spring Training — to collect the 27 outs the Brewers needed.

“It’s exciting to see the revolution,” said Gonzalez. “I guess that’s what it is.”

For most of the night, it worked without much pushback. First up was Woodruff, who entered the game in the third inning as part of a straight-up switch despite the fact his spot in the order was due first when the Brewers came to bat. That proved fortuitous when Woodruff, a former two-way player at Mississippi State, connected with a 2-2 fa Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey stball right down the middle and launched it a projected 407 feet, per Statcast™, to right-center field for a 1-1 tie, making him just the third pitcher to hit a home run off Kershaw.

Video: NLCS Gm1: Woodruff drills 407-ft. homer off Kershaw

After rounding first base, he turned and gave a glance to the Brewers’ bench.

“I was just trying to get them fired up,” Woodruff said. “You know, obviously in the postseason, a lot of things can happen. I thought that that was a big moment to kind of get the guys going.”

Video: NLCS Gm1: Brewers on Woodruff’s big homer off Kershaw

Mission accomplished.

“He was fired up coming around home. He almost broke my arm,” said Lorenzo Cain, who led the Brewers with three hits. “If you look at the replay, it was a pretty strong high five. … He got the team going, and that’s exactly what we needed.”

Cain bangs 3 hits, outfield wall in busy Game 1

Video: NLCS Gm1: Cain tallies 3 knocks, makes nice catch

After that Counsell’s moves started clicking.

Start Hernan Perez at second base against the lefty? Perez delivered a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the third inning that began with Woodruff’s homer. Pull the lefty Gonzalez early and go to righty Woodruff? The Dodgers made an early move to their bench for Max Muncy, knocking Brewer-killer David Freese off the list of possible hitters against Hader. Pinch-hit Domingo Santana in a run-scoring opportunity in the fourth inning, even though Woodruff was cruising? Santana lined a two-run single. Close call at second base when Santana was called out trying to steal? A successful challenge, which extended the frame for Ryan Braun‘s run-scoring hit and a 5-1 lead that closed the book on Kershaw.

Video: NLCS Gm1: Brewers pad lead with 3-run 4th inning

Jesus Aguilar made it 6-1 in the seventh with his second home run in as many postseason games — never mind they were five days apart — and the Brewers made the lead hold despite a pair of late Dodgers rallies.

Video: NLCS Gm1: Aguilar crushes a solo homer to right field

“You never know with the Dodgers. They are a great team with great hitters,” said Aguilar. “We have to watch out with everybody there. They already showed it. We know what they can do.”

Aguilar wags tongue, stares at camera after HR

Video: LAD@MIL GM1: Brewers discuss the 6-5 win in Game 1

In the visitors’ clubhouse, the Dodgers found positives in the way they battled relievers Xavier Cedeno, Joakim Soria, Jeffress and Knebel after the Brewers went all-in with Hader for three innings.

Hader will not be available in Game 2. Counsell had hoped to stay away from Knebel to account for that, but the plan changed.

“I think the fact we were able to get their guys going and give them long innings when we could, especially toward the end of the game, was huge,” said Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, whose long night included a pair of passed balls and two of L.A.’s four errors. “Obviously, they like using their ‘pen. The faster we can get in it [in Game 2], the better.”

Video: NLCS Gm1: Brewers take advantage of 4 Dodgers’ errors

Counsell considered the aggressive approach worth it. It’s how he has managed throughout the Brewers’ winning streak.

“We won the ballgame,” said Hader. “That’s the end accomplishment right there, is getting that win first game of the championship series. So it’s huge, especially against this team.”

Video: NLCS Gm1: Hader tosses 3 shutout frames, K’s 4

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Jeffress vs. Puig: The Brewers entered the eighth inning with a 6-1 lead, but it looked like it was getting away. Grandal singled off Cedeno and Chris Taylor did the same against Soria before Muncy walked to load the bases with two outs and prompt a call for Jeffress, who was the Brewers’ best right-handed reliever during the regular season but showed the slightest signs of cracking during the NLDS. Machado greeted him with a two-run single, and Matt Kemp followed with another run-scoring single before Jeffress finally escaped the threat with a strikeout of Yasiel Puig.

Video: NLCS Gm1: Jeffress fans Puig, strands a pair

Knebel vs. Turner: There was more trouble in the ninth, when Knebel walked Joc Pederson with two outs and Taylor tripled on a deep drive to right-center field that landed in but then bounced out of Cain’s glove. That left the tying runner at third for the hot-hitting Turner, who fanned at a high fastball to end the game.

Video: NLCS Gm1: Knebel works out of trouble to earn save

SOUND SMART
Woodruff became the first Milwaukee pitcher to homer in the postseason since Lew Burdette of the Milwaukee Braves went deep against the Yankees in Game 2 of the 1958 World Series. Too bad there was no Statcast™ to compare Burdette’s trot around the bases to Woodruff’s mad dash.

Woodruff latest pitcher to hit an unlikely postseason homer

Video: Must C Crushed: Woodruff homers off Kershaw in Game 1

“That was the next level up,” said Counsell. “I’ve never seen Brandon like that. To make the first run your team scores in the NLCS a homer off Clayton Kershaw, that’s how you should run around the bases. That’s exactly how you should run around the bases. The thing is, it just fired everybody up. The crowd went crazy. And our dugout, it certainly changed the energy in our dugout from what you think is going to be kind of a grinded-out game against Clayton. When that happens, it gives everybody life.”

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HE SAID IT
“I’m hungry. I want a burger. I better get one in my locker tomorrow somehow.” — Gonzalez, referring to a decades-old promotion from a local diner, George Webb, which promised free hamburgers should the local baseball team win 1 Kevin Pillar Blue Jays Jersey 2 games in a row. Before now, it had only paid off once before, when the 1987 Brewers began the season 13-0. Fans can get their free burgers on Thursday from 2-6 p.m. CT.

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“Get one for me, Gio!” — Perez, from the next locker over

Video: Brew Crew increase win streak to 12 games

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Amid all the things that went right for the Brewers in the third and fourth innings was also a winning challenge. That didn’t happen often during the regular season, when Milwaukee went 7-27. But Counsell won one after Santana’s caught stealing in the fourth inning was overturned upon review, putting him on second base for Braun’s two-out RBI single.

Video: NLCS Gm1: Santana is ruled safe on steal after review

Leading off the top of the ninth inning, Cody Bellinger pulled a grounder to the right side of second base. Shifted third baseman Mike Moustakas made a diving stop and threw to first base, with Bellinger being called safe. The Brewers challenged and won again, as the call was overturned.

Video: NLCS Gm1: Moustakas nabs Bellinger at first on review

“Watching the play live, I thought it was a lot less close than it looked,” Knebel said. “I thought for sure Moose got him there. Seeing the replay, that it was a close play, but we got him, it was a good sight. We actually got the call. I love that.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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Jeremy Jeffress’ postseason Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey struggles continue

MILWAUKEE — Whatever is different about Jeremy Jeffress this October, it’s not the right-hander’s confidence.

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MILWAUKEE — Whatever is different about Jeremy Jeffress this October, it’s not the right-hander’s confidence.

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That much was clear by Saturday night, when Jeffress’ struggle Kevin Pillar Jersey s continued in the Brewers’ 4-3 loss to the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series. The curveball to Austin Barnes in the seventh, Jeffress said, was what Barnes “needed to see.” The splitter under Justin Turner‘s hands an inning later was “what we wanted to throw him.”

And then there was that one other word Jeffress used, the one that got a lot of people talking.

“Lucky.”

Though the Dodgers used the three runs that resulted from those two at-bats to knot the series at a game apiece, Jeffress characterized the results as largely out of his hands.

“He just got lucky,” Jeffress said of Barnes, who spit on a 3-2 curveball to draw a bases-loaded walk that pulled Los Angeles within a run of Milwaukee.

Of Turner, who pulled Jeffress’ splitter 388 feet for a two-run homer down the left-field line that turned into the game-winner: “He just got lucky,” the All-Star reliever said.

“It’s a lucky hit, man,” Jeffress said. “It just is. It is.”

A day later, Jeffress clarified his comments, tweeting, “To set things straight. One lost doesn’t define my ability. And a home run is never lucky. I was referring to the cheap hits before. Everyone are professionals here. Except the ones who criticize. Thanks have a blessed day.”

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The Br Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey ewers will certainly look to parts of Jeffress’ performance this postseason and see his point. He had little control over the blooper Joc Pederson dunked into right field to load the bases for Barnes with Milwaukee clinging to a 3-1 lead at the time. The infield single Chris Taylor dribbled up the third-base line ahead of Turner’s homer in the eighth was equally mishit. The string of soft contact that led to Jeffress’ blown save in Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the Rockies only added to his frustration.

Video: NLCS Gm2: Taylor reaches first on a single

“Luck and pitchers, it’s part of your life,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Sunday, in light of Jeffress’ comments. “There’s times when you have to realize it’s working for you. You don’t want to acknowledge it when the line drive gets hit at somebody. But there’s times when the slow roller, as Chris Taylor’s ball, it’s frustrating, you make a good pitch, the guy hits it 40 feet, it’s frustrating. And when the next guy hits a homer, it’s really frustrating.

Video: Must C Clutch: Turner blasts a go-ahead 2-run homer

“He’s frustrated by that, understandably so. Pederson hit a popup that falls between the fielders. So a couple of frustrating balls. The postseason is more emotional. There’s no getting around that. And we’re not always going to hide from that. And nobody is going to say it’s not, because it is.”

Video: NLCS Gm2: Pederson lofts bloop single to load bases

But in the aggregate, the results are concerning for a Brewers team whose all-in bullpen strategy is heavily dependent on Jeffress extinguishing rallies like in the regular season, when he did so more effectively than any reliever in baseball. He led all MLB relievers in ERA (1.29) and strand rate (92.9 percent). Jeffress entered the postseason rolling, unscored upon over his past 11 appearances dating back to late August.

Jeffress hadn’t allowed multiple runs in a single outing since June 23, a span of 37 games. But he’s now done so twice this postseason, a five-game span over which Milwaukee has allowed 11 runs. Eight have scored with Jeffress on the mound, including six of nine the Brewers have allowed over the first two games of the NLCS.

Video: NLCS Gm2: Jeffress gets strikeout, Puig breaks bat

Jeffress was called on earlier than expected Saturday, with Josh Hader unavailable and Corbin Burnes ineffective in the seventh after replacing starter Wade Miley in the sixth. Miley dominated L.A. over 5 2/3 innings, scattering just two singles before Counsell called for Burnes, hoping for four outs. But the rookie only recorded one, then walked Max Muncy and allowed a single to Manny Machado to open the seventh.

“That led to them having a pretty good rally,” Counsell said. “We knew that was going to be a tough inning.”

Jeffress surrendered Pederson’s bloop before striking out Yasiel Puig with the bases loaded to bring up Barnes. After walking Barnes to bring in another run, he coaxed an inning-ending double play from Yasmani Grandal to end the threat. But the lead evaporated two batters into the eighth when, working a second inning for the second time this postseason, Jeffress surrendered Turner’s go-ahead shot. He allowed just five home runs over 76 2/3 innings during the regular season.

Video: NLCS Gm2: Jeffress, Perez get DP, escape jam in 7th

“I feel good,” Jeffress said. “It’s the nature of the game. I can’t strike everybody out. I can’t make everybody hit a ground ball. I am human. I feel great, but you have to make pitches. Better results will happen.

“It’s my game. When the ball is in my hand, it’s my game. I can do some tweaks here and there, but if I start to try to change stuff, it’ll snowball, keep going downhill. There is nothing I need to change, honestly.”

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.


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MILWAUKEE — The entertainment value of the National League Championship Series should remain high as the Brewers and Dodgers resume festivities at Dodger Stadium tonight for Game 3.

The last time the clubs met out west was a wild 21-5 Dodgers win over Brewers Game 3 starter Jhoulys Chacin on Aug. 2, when the Dodgers launched seven home runs. Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig had two each, while Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Brian Dozier slugged one apiece.

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MILWAUKEE — The entertainment value of the National League Championship Series should remain high as the Brewers and Dodgers resume festivities at Dodger Stadium tonight for Game 3.

The last time the clubs met out west was a wild 21-5 Dodgers win over Brewers Game 3 starter Jhoulys Chacin on Aug. 2, when the Dodgers launched seven home runs. Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig had two each, while Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Brian Dozier slugged one apiece.

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Los Angeles scored a 10th-inning walk-off win the previous game, 6-4, on Yasmani Grandal‘s two-run homer. Milwaukee won the first two games of the series, with Wade Miley, Joakim Soria and Jeremy Jeffress combining on a two-hit 1-0 shutout on July 31.

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In the history of best-of-seven series with the 2-3-2 format, teams that split the first two games on the road have gone on to take the series 36 of 80 times (45 percent).

Starting lineups
Brewers: With righty Walker Buehler on the mound for L.A., Milwaukee’s lineup card is likely to look like so:

1. Lorenzo Cain, CF
2. Christian Yelich, RF
3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Travis Shaw, 2B
5. Jesus Aguilar, 1B
6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
7. Erik Kratz, C
8. Orlando Arcia, SS
9. Jhoulys Chacin, P

Dodgers: Grandal returns, hitting seventh.

1. Joc Pederson, LF
2. Max Muncy, 1B
3. Justin Turner, 3B
4. Manny Machado, SS
5. Cody Bellinger, CF
6. Yasiel Puig, RF
7. Yasmani Grandal, C
8. Enrique Hernandez, 2B
9. Walker Buehler, P

Who are the starting pitchers?
Brewers: For Chacin (15-8, 3.50 ERA in the regular season), Game 3 of the NLCS will be an exercise in a player’s uncanny ability to forget poor performances. On Aug. 2 at Dodger Stadium, a disputed walk helped load the bases for Bellinger’s grand slam, part of a 4 1/3-inning outing in which Chacin was charged with nine runs (eight earned) on five hits and four walks.

“I know people might talk a lot about that,” said Chacin, who rebounded to post a 2.67 ERA in his final 11 starts of the  Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey regular season before delivering five scoreless innings on short rest against the Rockies on Game 2 of the NL Division Series.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Chacin on his effective slider for Game 3

Dodgers: Buehler (8-5, 2.62 ERA) has looked like an ace-in-waiting for the past two months, except for the second inning of Game 3 of the NLDS against the Braves. Things sped up and he struggled through a five-r Kevin Pillar Blue Jays Jersey un inning in a noisy ballpark in Atlanta. Los Angeles held Buehler back to make his next start in the more comfortable surroundings of Dodger Stadium. In his only start against the Brewers, he took a tough-luck loss on July 31, allowing one run in seven innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Buehler on secondary pitches before Game 3

How will the bullpens line up after the starter?
Brewers: Let’s just say that Sunday’s travel day was welcome. Jeffress and Corey Knebel have now pitched in all five of the Brewers’ postseason games. Even though there was a nice layoff between rounds, Jeffress threw 39 pitches in Games 1 and 2, and Knebel 31. Josh Hader was off limits in Game 2 after throwing a season-high 46 pitches in Game 1. Soria was off in Game 2 after pitching each of Milwaukee’s first four postseason games. The off-day should provide something of a reset.

Video: NLCS Gm3: Counsell on his bullpen strategy for Game 3

Dodgers: They showed the game plan if they have a lead after seven innings. Caleb Ferguson faces the lefties, Kenta Maeda sets up and Kenley Jansen is the closer.

Video: NLCS Gm2: Jansen retires Yelich for clutch save

Are there any relievers who are unavailable?
Brewers: Probably not, although manager Craig Counsell said he’d wait until today to make that determination.

Dodgers: L.A. used seven relievers in Game 2 (all but Julio Urias), but only Pedro Baez was used for more than three outs (four), and with a Sunday day off, everybody is probably available.

Any injuries of note?
Brewers: No.

Dodgers: No.

Who is hot and who is not?
Brewers: Yelich, who surged to the finish of the regular season and was an on-base machine in the NLDS against the Rockies, is 1-for-8 with two walks in the NLCS after his game-ending groundout with the tying runner in scoring position in Game 2. He credited the Dodgers for “making pitches when they have to.” Moustakas went 0-for-3 Saturday to snap a 10-game postseason hitting streak.

Video: NLCS Gm2: Yelich on dropping Game 2 to the Dodgers

Dodgers: Turner, Taylor and Pederson each had two hits in Game 2. Taylor is 5-for-9 in the series. Bellinger got his first hit of the postseason. Baez has four strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. Alex Wood has allowed homers in his past two postseason appearances.

Video: NLCS Gm2: Bellinger, Turner spark Game 2 rally

Anything else fans might want to know?
The Brewers and Dodgers set a record for most combined pitching appearances through two games of an LCS with 27. With 14, Los Angeles has the record for one team.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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NLCS tied 1-1 after Crew’s win streak Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey ends

MILWAUKEE — Miller Park was rocking when Wade Miley breezed into the sixth inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday. Orlando Arcia had homered. Travis Shaw was about to go deep, too. The Brewers would have a three-run lead when the inning was over, and looked ready to cruise to a commanding 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series.

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MILWAUKEE — Miller Park was rocking when Wade Miley breezed into the sixth inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday. Orlando Arcia had homered. Travis Shaw was about to go deep, too. The Brewers would have a three-run lead when the inning was over, and looked ready to cruise to a commanding 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series.

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But just like Game 1 the night before, the Dodgers didn’t make it make it easy. And unlike the night before, the Brewers’ hard-worked bullpen couldn’t claw its way to a 27th out before yielding the lead.

In a 4-3 loss to Los Angeles that snapped Milwaukee’s 12-game winning streak, Corbin Burnes and Jeremy Jeffress combined to surrender four runs between the seventh and eighth innings of a defeat that evened the series as it heads to Dodger Stadium for Games 3-5. Jeffress avoided a bases-loaded disaster in the seventh inning only to see Justin Turner send one into the left-field bleachers in the eighth, dealing the Brewers their first loss in three weeks.

Fielder returns to Miller Park for G2 first pitch

“Intense baseball games, man. They’re going to be like this for the rest of the postseason,” said Jeffress. “They’re going to battle, we’re going to battle. Just be ready.”

Jeffress remains confident, says LA got ‘lucky’

Milwaukee had not lost a baseball game in 21 days, since a shutout in Pittsburgh on Sept. 22 that preceded the second-longest winning streak in franchise history. The run spanned three champagne celebrations — a postseason clinch in St. Louis on Sept. 26, an NL Central clinch in Chicago on Oct. 1 in the tiebreaker game and an NL Division Series sweep of the Rockies in Denver.

On Saturday, there was only silence in the Brewers’ clubhouse.

“Nobody in here really ever talked about the win streak. It means nothing,” said Christian Yelich, who fell to 1-for-8 in the NLCS when he grounded out to end the game with the potential tying run in scoring position. “It’s all about today, the present, the game you have in front of you. It’s cool we won all those games in the past, but they honestly mean nothing to us [now]. We need to regroup.”

Video: NLCS Gm2: Yelich on dropping Game 2 to the Dodgers

The Dodgers’ late-inning comeback spoiled what had been a magical day for Miley, who looked every bit the postseason ace while breaking enough bats over 5 2/3 innings to start a campfire outside Miller Park. It was the veteran left-hander’s second scoreless start of the postseason.

Miley chipped in as many hits — two, including a single in the fifth inning that led to a run and a 2-0 lead — as he allowed, and according to Baseball-Reference, he became the first pitcher to allow four baserunners or fewer in consecutive scoreless starts in the postseason since Roger Clemens for the Yankees in 2000.

Video: NLCS Gm2: Miley tosses 5 2/3 scoreless, rips 2 hits

Clemens delivered nine and eight innings in those outings, compared with Miley’s 4 2/3 in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Rockies and 5 2/3 on Saturday. But that’s no fault of Miley’s, rather a reflection of a different team in a different time. Miley threw 64 pitches for his 14 outs at Coors Field and 74 pitches for 17 outs on Saturday before manager Craig Counsell opted to once again tap his bullpen to finish the game.

Video: NLCS Gm 2: Counsell on Miley’s efforts in Game 2 loss

“You want to stay out there, but all year long, that’s the route we’ve taken, and it’s worked,” said Miley. “If we [played that game] again, we would probably do it again. Those guys have been so good down there, and they’re going to be fine the rest of the way. It’s one of those things — the Dodgers, they’re a pretty good squad over there.”

Video: NLCS Game 2: Miley on his outing in 4-3 Game 2 loss

The key to the puzzle was the rookie Burnes, who delivered a pair of scoreless multi-inning outings in the NLDS and was going to be counted on for the same on Saturday. But after finishing the sixth inning and getting an extra run of support on Shaw’s home run, Burnes couldn’t get an out in the seventh, forcing Counsell to dig deeper into his bullpen earlier than he would have liked.

Video: NLCS Gm2: Counsell on what went wrong for the bullpen

Cody Bellinger singled home a run off Burnes in the seventh and Jeffress walked in a run later in the inning before preserving the lead with a huge pitch to induce Yasmani Grandal‘s double play. That pushed a 3-2 Milwaukee lead to the eighth. Entering the game, the Brewers were 84-3 — including 4-0 in the postseason — when leading after seven innings.

“I still thought we were set up pretty good,” Counsell said.

Video: NLCS Gm2: Jeffress, Perez get DP, escape jam in 7th

That didn’t last. Chris Taylor legged out an infield hit to open the eighth inning, and Turner turned on a splitter that stayed up and in to give the Dodgers the lead.

Of the 11 runs Milwaukee’s opponents have scored so far in the postseason, eight came with Jeffress on the mound, including six of L.A.’s nine runs in Games 1 and 2.

“I can’t strike everybody out. I can’t make everybody hit a ground ball. I am human,” Jeffress said. “I feel great, but you have to make pitches. Better results will happen.”

Video: NLCS Gm2: Counsell on bullpen, Miley in Game 2 loss

Did Counsell second-guess the timing of his move away from Miley?

“Look, you’re either too early or too late,” Counsell said. “At some point, you’ve got to make a decision, and I thought he was going through the heart of the lineup for the third time, and I thought we had a fresh Corbin Burnes, who’s been wonderful for us this year. … Wade pitched great, man. He did his job, certainly. He did more than we  Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey expected, for sure.”

In the history of best-of-seven series with the 2-3-2 format, teams that split the first two games at home have gone on to take the series 44 of 80 times (55 percent).

Video: NLCS Gm2: Brewers discuss 4-3 loss to Dodgers

“I think we’re fine,” Miley said. “I think we know we need to go into L.A. and play good baseball. We played good baseball today, we just got beat.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Takeaway: On July 31 at Dodger Stadium, Lorenzo Cain leaped to rob Bellinger of a home run in Miley’s 1-0 win. In the first inning on Saturday, Cain leaped to rob David Freese of a home run in another low-scoring game started by Miley. It wa Justin Smoak Jersey sn’t exactly redemption, but it felt good, Cain said, after he expressed frustration about his inability to catch a Taylor triple to a similar spot in the ninth inning of Game 1.

“That’s what I pride myself on doing, making plays out there,” Cain said. “As a team, that’s what we have to do. We have to swing the bats, we have to play solid defense and we have to pitch. Especially against the Dodgers, they are a really good team.” More >

Video: Must C Catch: Cain leaps for incredible HR robbery

On the board: Typically known for his glove, Arcia continues to make a name for himself this postseason in another way — with his bat. Saturday provided the latest example, when Arcia clocked a home run off Hyun-Jin Ryu for a 1-0 lead in what became a two-run fifth. Arcia pounced on a first-pitch cutter from Ryu, sending it 407 feet and just over the wall in center field to break a scoreless tie.

A .236 hitter who was demoted this spring after struggling offensively, Arcia hit just three home runs across 119 regular-season games after hitting 15 in 2017. He now has two this October, having homered in the Brewers’ NLDS-clinching Game 3 win over the Rockies. Saturday marked his first homer all year against a starting pitcher.

Video: NLCS Gm2: Arcia opens scoring with solo HR

SOUND SMART
Ryan Braun‘s run-scoring groundout in the fifth inning gave him 14 career postseason RBI, passing Cecil Cooper for the Brewers’ all-time lead.

Video: NLCS Gm2: Machado makes nice play on Braun’s RBI out

SOUND REALLY SMART
These teams set a record for pitching changes for the first two games of an LCS. They combined for 27 pitching appearances in Games 1 and 2 — 14 for the Dodgers and 13 for the Brewers — to surpass the 24 appearances for the Indians and Red Sox in the first two games of the 2007 American League Championship Series.

HE SAID IT
“It feels weird. It’s definitely something we don’t like.” — Cain, on losing for the first time in three weeks

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Lorenzo Cain robs Dav Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey id Freese of home run

MILWAUKEE — Lorenzo Cain was displeased with himself on Friday night after coming up short on what would’ve been an exceptional play in right-center field. He  Kevin Pillar Jersey didn’t miss his next chance to rob Los Angeles of an extra-base hit.

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MILWAUKEE — Lorenzo Cain was disple Justin Smoak Jersey ase Kevin Pillar Blue Jays Jersey d with himself on Friday night after coming up short on what would’ve been an exceptional play in right-center field. He didn’t miss his next chance to rob Los Angeles of an extra-base hit.

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That chance came in the first inning of the Brewers’ 4-3 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday, when Cain took a two-run home run away from David Freese in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series. Cain ranged deep into the right-center-field gap and leapt against the wall to help Milwaukee starter Wade Miley through a scoreless first.

“That’s what I pride myself on doing, making plays out there,” Cain said. “As a team, that’s what we have to do. We have to swing the bats, we have to play solid defense and we have to pitch. Especially against the Dodgers. They are a really good team.”

Said his neighbor in right field, Christian Yelich: “That’s a momentum-changer at that time. It goes from 2-0 in the first inning to 0-0 and we’re coming up to hit.”

The catch marked the second time Cain robbed a home run from L.A. with Miley on the mound this season. He also pulled the trick against Cody Bellinger in Miley’s 1-0 win at Dodger Stadium on July 31. Cain ranked among the best defensive players in baseball by nearly every metric this season, placing first among NL outfielders in Ultimate Zone Rating, Defensive Runs Saved (20) and third in the Statcast™ metric Outs Above Average (18).

The secret to making plays like that?

“Catch the ball,” Cain said. “I dropped my last one, and I was definitely upset about that. Make a play. That’s what I pride myself on doing.”

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.

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Brewers 2018 Prospects Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey of Year: Ray, Brown

MILWAUKEE — It was a case of mutual admiration when the Brewers’ MLB Pipeline hitting and pitching prospects of the year reunited in the dugout at Miller Park at the end of September.

Corey Ray and Zack Brown spent a lot of time together in dugouts in 2018. They were teammates at Double-A Biloxi.

MILWAUKEE — It was a case of mutual admiration when the Brewers’ MLB Pipeline hitting and pitching prospects of the year reunited in the dugout at Miller Park at the end of September.

Corey Ray and Zack Brown spent a lot of time together in dugouts in 2018. They were teammates at Double-A Biloxi.

“We would score, and I would come in the dugout and say, ‘How many more do you need?'” said Ray, the former first-round Draft pick who batted leadoff for Biloxi. “A lot of times, he would look at the scoreboard and say, ‘That’s good.'”

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Many times, those runs would come in the first inning thanks to Ray, the first player in Southern League history to lead the Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey  way in both homers and stolen bases. He was named league MVP, and Brown was the circuit’s pitcher of the year after leading the league and the Brewers organization with a 2.44 ERA.

Each team’s hitting and pitching Prospects of the Year were chosen by the MLB Pi Kevin Pillar Jersey peline staff. To receive consideration, players must have spen Kevin Pillar Blue Jays Jersey t at least half the year in the Minors and appeared on the team’s Top 30 Prospects list.

“It was awesome to start a game with Corey in the box,” said Brown. “However many leadoff home runs he hit — you knew he was going to put the bat on the ball early in the game. Hopefully, before I ever touched the mound, I had a run or two.”

Video: Top Prospects: Corey Ray, OF, Brewers

It was the sort of season Ray was looking for after a relatively disappointing 2017. Milwaukee made him the fifth overall pick in the ’16 Draft, and Ray posted a .679 OPS at Class A Advanced Carolina in his first full professional season.

This year, after moving up to Double-A, his OPS was .801. Ray hit 27 homers, 32 doubles and seven triples while stealing 37 bases.

“For me, mentally, just for some of the hard work to have paid off in a small way is very encouraging,” Ray said. “You work so hard, and you know that one day it will pay off. Just to be moving in the right direction allows me to continue to work hard — and maybe even work harder.”

Video: Ray, Brown named Brewers’ Minor League POY

Brown, a fifth-round pick in the same Draft that brought Ray to the Brewers, won the honor despite missing a month with a sprained ankle. The Shuckers were 20-2 when he pitched.

“It took a hit on me mentally, but I think in Arizona I was just trying to stay on track,” Brown said. “It was four weeks between outings in Biloxi, and to come back and have a good outing and get back with the guys — that was huge for me.”

The duo were together in Milwaukee to be honored on the field during the final homestand of the regular season after being named organizational Minor League player and pitcher of  Justin Smoak Jersey the year by the Brewers. For Brown, that meant following in some big footsteps; the previous two winners of the award, Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes, were the first two pitchers sent to the mound by the Brewers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Rockies.

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Brewers not Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey worried about NLCS underdog label

MILWAUKEE — They are in a final four with last year’s World Series teams (the Astros and Dodgers) plus the 108-win Red Sox. So are the Brewers — despite leading the National League with 96 victories and rocking the best bullpen in baseball since the start of September — underdogs as their NL Championship Series against the Dodgers gets underway Friday?

Travis Shaw said yes. Mike Moustakas said no.

MILWAUKEE — They are in a final four with last year’s World Series teams (the Astros and Dodgers) plus the 108-win Red Sox. So are the Brewers — despite leading the National League with 96 victories and rocking the best bullpen in baseball since the  Kevin Pillar Blue Jays Jersey start of September — underdogs as their NL Championship Series against the Dodgers gets underway Friday?

Travis Shaw said yes. Mike Moustakas said no.

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“There’s your answer then. It’s a yes and a no,” said catcher Erik Kratz. “I guess if you need to be viewed as the underdog? Sure. If that’s what motivates you. But it’s time to go.

“Small market? Does that mean we’re going to try a little bit less? Are Justin Smoak Jersey  we shorter than the other players that are out there? Are we less? No.”

Doesn’t experience make a difference? The Dodgers have made the postseason six straight years, and are playing in the NLCS for the fourth time in that span?

“You mean like the experience that Lo Cain has? Or ‘Moose’ [Moustakas] has?” Kratz said. “We’ve got some guys. I think that’s a moniker that’s been put on us, that we don’t have any experience. There’s guys we can lean on. There’s an NL MVP [Christian Yelich] that we lean on. There’s a pitching staff that they probably don’t have any awards for this year, but they deserve a lot of awards. Experience is great. It’s an accomplishment [the Dodgers] have done the previous few years here. … But I don’t think we’re lacking in that department.”

Video: LAD@MIL Gm1: Moustakas on Brewers’ mentality for NLCS

Shaw, who would love a World Series matchup against his former team, the Red Sox, embraced the underdog role.

“I think we’re taking the underdog mentality,” Shaw said. “Look at the four teams that are left. It’s the Astros, the Red Sox, the Dodgers and — the Brewers. We’re the smallest market out of the four. We’re the kind of no-name out of the four. But we kind of like that role. We like that underdog mentality. We’re used to it. We were underdogs all year and we won the most games in the National League. We’ll take on that role again.”

Video: LAD@MIL Gm1: Shaw on facing Dodgers, being underdogs

Braun producing for Brewers
Ryan Braun is healthy at the right time for the Brewers.

The only player still around from Milwaukee’s last NLCS, in 2011, is expected back in his usual three hole for Game 1 against the Dodgers on Friday, in part because of some forward thinking before the Brewers entered the home stretch of the regular season.

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Braun said during a workout on Sunday at Miller Park that it was manager Craig Counsell’s call to be extra cautious after Braun felt tightness in his back during the third week of September. He returned to the lineup for good Sept. 21 and has started 12 of 13 games since, including all three games of the NLDS against the Rockies, slashing .356/.408/.733.

“He knows when I’m right, I still play this g Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey ame at a really high level,” Braun said. “Part of it was him taking the decision out of my hands to say, ‘We want to give you a couple days off. We want to do everything we can to try to get you 100 percent down the stretch.’

“It’s worked out, because obviously I’ve played my best baseball the last two weeks when it’s mattered most. As you get to a point where you feel things, it makes sense to take that precaution.”

Vote of confidence for Jeffress
The only Brewers pitcher who had a hint of a hard time in the NL Division Series against the Rockies was Jeremy Jeffress, who bounced back from a blown save to preserve a tie in the Brewe Kevin Pillar Jersey rs’ 10-inning victory in Game 1, then exited Game 3 after two runners reached in the ninth inning.

Josh Hader finished the frame, and the Brewers’ 3-0 sweep.

“The inning was always going to be split,” Counsell said. “J.J. was going to have the first three hitters and then Josh had the rest.”

Video: LAD@MIL Gm1: Counsell on dominant Brewers’ bullpen

Jeffress didn’t pitch much down the stretch for the Brewers, mostly because of game circumstances. Might he have been a bit rusty?

“I will never tell you that rest is a bad thing for a relief pitcher,” Counsell said. “If we try to tell a story where rest is a bad thing for a relief pitcher, I’ll fight you on it. Because there is no way it is, especially at this time of year. J.J. had had an incredible season, and he continues to have an incredible season. But he is going to give up runs. [They all] have given up runs. They need to keep going. J.J. proved it in Game 1.”

Pitching plan revealed
Counsell announced Thursday that Gio Gonzalez would start Game 1 of the NLCS opposite L.A. ace Clayton Kershaw. Wade Miley will take the hill in Game 2, and Jhoulys Chacin is slotted for Game 3.

In the best-of-five NLDS, they began with an “opener” in Brandon Woodruff, then pitched Chacin on short rest in Game 2. Chacin threw a bullpen session Wednesday at Miller Park.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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Fun Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey facts for each World Series matchup

We are exactly 12 days away from Game 1 of the 2018 World Series, and we know the matchup will be one of four possibilities: Brewers-Red Sox, Dodgers-Astros, Brewers-Astros or Dodgers-Red Sox. Each of these matchups will be fun — it’s the Fall Classic, after all — but some of them are fascinating beyond the conventional matchup. Here’s a look at three potentially enjoyable aspects of each of the four possible World Series combinations.

BREWERS-ASTROS

We are exactly 12 days away from Game 1 of the 2018 World Series, and we know the matchup will be one of four possibilities: Brewers-Red Sox, Dodgers-Astros, Brewers-Astros or Dodgers-Red Sox. Each of these matchups will be fun — it’s the Fall Classic, after all — but some of them are fascinating beyond the conventional matchup. Here’s a look at three potentially enjoyable aspects of each of the four possible World Series combinations.

BREWERS-ASTROS

1. You’re going to keep forgetting which team is in which league.
The Brewers made the World Series in 1982 as an American League team, but this year, they’d be there as a National League team for the first time. The Astros made it in 2005 as an NL team, but they’d be back for the second year in a row as an AL team. Theoretically, in any year between ’69 and ’97, these two teams could have played in the Fall Classic as representatives from the opposite leagues they are representing right now.

2. They even used to be in the same division. Kevin Pillar Jersey 
From 1998 (the year the Brewers moved to the NL) to 2012 (the Astros’ final season in the NL), Milwaukee and Houston were in fact NL Central rivals. The Astros won two division titles in that time (‘ Kevin Pillar Blue Jays Jersey 98, ’99) and the Brewers won one (’11). The early-aughts version of yourself is so, so confused by this World Series.

Video: LAD@HOU: Astros clinch the NL Central

3. Josh Hader haunts his old mates.
Well, sort of. Hader made his MLB debut last season, and he’s been dominating hitters ever since. But back in 2015, when he was a 21-year-old starter, the Astros traded him — along with Domingo Santana, Brett Phillips and Adrian Houser — for Mike Fiers and Carlos Gomez. Fiers is now with the A’s and Gomez is with the Rays, but Hader is burning it up in Milwaukee and would surely cherish doing so against Houston in the World Series.

BREWERS-RED SOX

1. Milwaukee took away a Boston team once.
It might seem strange now that a team would leave the city of Boston for Milwaukee, but that’s what happened in 1952, when the Boston Braves moved to Milwaukee. The Brewers, at the time, were the Braves’ farm team. The move actually happened at the very last minute: The sale of the Braves was announced on March 18, and the team moved to Milwaukee immediately. The Braves, of course, moved to Atlanta in 1966, and the Milwaukee Brewers, named after Boston’s old farm team, came along in 1970, when the Seattle Pilots moved to Wisconsin.

Video: DET@MIL: Shaw cranks a solo homer to deep right

2. Welcome back, Travis Shaw.
Do you remember why the Red Sox traded Shaw? Because they were hoping Pablo Sandoval could take over third base. He was Boston’s opening day starter in 2017, and he was released three months later. Meanwhile, Shaw has raked ever since arriving in Wisconsin, hitting 31 homers last year and 32 this year.

3. Tom Brady might not be cheering for the Red Sox.
Seriously. In an interview with Westwood One last week, Brady said that he has become a Brewers fan, thanks to a close friendship with Milwaukee owner Mark Attanasio. If Brady thought his brief foray into electoral politics was a public-relations headache for him, try rooting against the Red Sox in the World Series.

DODGERS-ASTROS

1. Rematch!
Considering how much fun last year’s was, who would be against another one? This would be the first World Series rematch, as MLB.com’s David Adler noted, in exactly 40 years, since the Yankees and Dodgers met in the 1978 World Series. (New York won in ’77 and ’78.)

Video: Astros win first championship in wild World Series

2. They used to be bitter rivals.
As Joe Posnanski pointed out last year, the Astros and Dodgers had some intense postseason battles in 1980 and ’81, with Houston winning a tiebreaker game in ’80 and the Dodgers winning a pseudo-NLDS (because of the strike) the following season. The Astros being in the NL basically made them rivals with every team at some point.

3. They still won’t play the craziest game the two franchises have ever played. Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey 
Did you think Game 5 last year was the nuttiest game between the Astros and the Dodgers? They’ll never top the 22-inning marathon from 1989, which ended at 2:29 a.m. CT before an afternoon game the next day that went 13 innings. Houston and Los Angeles still have to be sick of each other after that game.

DODGERS-RED SOX

1. Those stadiums.
Nothing against Minute Maid Park and Miller Park, but a Fall Classic with Fenway Park and Dodger Stadium as the backdrops? These are two of the three oldest stadiums in the sport — Fenway opened in 1912 and Dodger Stadium in ’62 — and they’ve been the site of too many iconic baseball moments to count. Everything looks gorgeous at these stadiums.

2. Still, the crowds will feel small … relatively speaking.
Trivia question! What’s the greatest number of people to have ever attended a baseball game? The number is 115,301, to watch a Spring Training game between the Red Sox and the Dodgers at Los Angeles Coliseum in 2008. That’s the only thing that could make a World Series crowd feel paltry.

Video: Red Sox advance to the League Championship Series

3. That crazy 2012 swap.
The wildest trade in baseball memory happened in 2012, when the Red Sox shipped Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett — and their massive salaries — to the Dodgers for … well, does it really matter? Los Angeles took on roughly $250 million in salaries, and then-new owner Magic Johnson said it was because “we want to win now.” The Dodgers didn’t win the NL West that year, but they have every year since, though those players didn’t have much to do it. Funny thing about that massive nine-player trade? None of the players are in the Majors anymore.

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Arizona Fall League Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey roundup for October 11

Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams’ prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday:

Gameday: Surprise 10, Glendale 9 | Salt River 7, Scottsdale 6 | Mesa 10, Peoria 9

Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams’ prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday:

Gameday: Surprise 10, Glendale 9 | Salt River 7, Scottsdale 6 | Mesa 10, Peoria 9

AL East

Blue Jays
Blue Jays No. 9 prospect Cavan Biggio went 0-for-2, but walked four times and drove in a run. Right-hander Zach Jackson recorded four strikeouts while allowing one hit in 1 1/3 innings of relief for Surprise.

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Orioles
Orioles No. 12 prospect Ryan McKenna went 2-for-4 with two runs and a walk out of the leadoff spot for Glendale. One of the hits was a double, McKenna’s second extra-base hit in as many games after he tripled on Wednesday. Starter Chris Lee gave up one hit over two scoreless innings, while righty Jay Flaa worked 1 1/3 scoreless frames despite issuing four walks. Tyler Erwin also struggled with his control as he allowed one earned run on three walks and two hit batsmen.

Rays
Shortstop Lucius Fox, the Rays’ No. 9 prospect, connected on a three-run home run in the eighth inning en route to his second straight two-hit game for Peoria. He scored two runs, walked once and stole a base, finishing 2-for-4. Joe McCarthy (No. 17) also reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. On the mound, right-hander Phoenix Sanders allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits, two walks and two balks in 1 1/3 innings, while Brandon Lawson took the loss after giving up a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning.

Red Sox
Esteban Quiroz put Mesa on the board with a third-inning solo homer and reached base five times, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored, three walks and an RBI. Mike Shawaryn, Boston’s No. 9 prospect, tossed 1 1/3 hitless innings in relief.

Yankees
Steven Sensley plated a pair of runs with a double and finished 2-for-5 for Glendale. Hobie Harris posted 2 1/3 innings of one-run ball in relief, while Matt Wivinis recorded an out late in the game.

AL Central

Indians
Indians No. 6 prospect Yu Chang went 1-for-5 and logged his second start at third base for Glendale. Hard-throwing righty Dalbert Siri scuffled in relief Kevin Pillar Blue Jays Jersey , allowing three earned runs on three hits and a walk in one inning.

Royals
Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two walks and a stolen base from the bottom of S Kevin Pillar Jersey urprise’s lineup. Catcher Meibrys Viloria also made an impact with a 1-for-4 performance that included a two-run double and two walks. Grant Gavin recorded the save despite allowing an unearned run on one hit.

Tigers
Daniel Pinero and Daniel Woodrow each collected two hits, an RBI and a steal for Mesa. Eduardo Jimenez was sharp in relief, striking out a pair of hitters over two perfect frames, though Tigers No. 26 prospect Sandy Baez was hammered for five earned runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Twins
Twins No. 19 prospect Luke Raley went 0-for-4, but walked twice and scored a run for Salt River. Hector Lujan gave up three runs and retired only two hitters. Jaylin Davis went 2-for-5. Adam Bray picked up the win for Salt River with two hitless innings.

White Sox
White Sox No. 4 prospect Luis Robert (No. 44 overall) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored. He’s hit safely in all three games so far for Glendale. Outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe (No. 9) and shortstop Laz Rivera (No. 28) each drew a walk, but collectively finished 0-for-7. More »

AL West

A’s
Outfielder Luis Barrera scored the walk-off run in the 10th for Mesa to cap a 1-for-4 game in which he scored two runs, walked twice and stole a base. Right-hander Calvin Coker retired all four batters he faced in relief, striking out one.

Angels
Brett Hanewich pitched around a pair of walks as he struck out the side in the 10th to earn his second win in as many outings for Mesa.

Astros
Astros No. 8 prospect J.B. Bukauskas threw 3 1/3 innings in a start for Scottsdale. The right-hander yielded one unearned run that scored on a passed ball, but was lights-out otherwise. He gave up three hits, struck out five and walked one. Abraham Toro-Hernandez (No. 21) went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Trent Thornton (No. 24) followed Bukauskas and gave up two runs on two hits. Ronnie Dawson went 0-for-3, but walked three times. Erasmo Pinales gave up two hits but also struck out two in a scoreless frame.

Mariners
Mariners No. 2 prospect Evan White has five RBIs through two games after his 1-for-3, three-RBI game for Peoria. Chris Mariscal also had a solid game, going 2-for-4 with two runs, while Matt Walker worked an inning in relief.

Rangers
Third baseman Charles Leblanc tallied two hits and two walks out of the No. 3 spot in Surprise’s lineup. Starter Tai Tiedemann and reliever Joe Barlow both struggled as they allowed a combined eight earned runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. Rangers No. 15 prospect C.D. Pelham tossed a scoreless inning to earn the win.

NL East

Braves
Braves No. 6 prospect Christian Pache (No. 66 overall) went 1-for-5, but also grounded into a pair of double plays, while outfielder Izzy Wilson scored a run from the No. 2 spot in Peoria’s lineup. Jeremy Walker was effective as he completed three innings of one-run ball in his first AFL start. He was relieved by Braves No. 12 prospect Kyle Muller, who struck out a pair but allowed one run on two hits and two walks in one inning.

Marlins
Marlins No. 16 prospect Jordan Yamamoto was impressive in his start for Salt River. The right-hander racked up five strikeouts, including each of the final two batters he faced, over three scoreless innings. Kyle Keller followed Yamamoto and gave up two runs — via a two-run homer — in 1 1/3 innings. Chad Smith was the third Marlins farmhand to toe the rubber, and he cruised through 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He issued one walk and didn’t give up a hit. Tommy Eveld put together a scoreless outing as he threw 1 1/3 innings. Brian Miller (No. 11) was inserted as a pinch-runner. Bryson Brigman (No. 26) went 1-for-4.

Mets
Mets No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso turned in a multi-hit effort for the third straight day for Scottsdale. After his 2-for-4 night, Alonso is 7-for-12 through three games. Joe Zanghi cruised through his one inning on the mound, yielding one hit in a scoreless frame. Andres Gimenez (No. 1) entered the game as a pinch-runner and drew a walk in his only plate appearance. Ali Sanchez (No. 25) went 0-for-1. Gerson Bautista gave up one hit over two scoreless innings, and Matt Blackham took the loss after he gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the 11th.

Nationals
Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom picked up a pair of hits, including a triple, and scored a run as part of his 2-for-6 night for Salt River. Daniel Johnson (No. 10) went 1-for-5.

Phillies
For Scottsdale, Darick Hall went 2-for-5, including a two-run homer, his first long ball of the Fall League.

NL Central

Brewers
Catcher Mario Feliciano, Milwaukee’s No. 23 prospect, went 1-for-3 with an RBI, two runs scored and two walks in his first AFL game. Weston Wilson went 1-for-5 with an RBI double, but also committed two errors at third base.

Cardinals
Tommy Edman was a catalyst out of the leadoff spot for Surprise with his 2-for-4, three-walk performance. He also drove in a run, scored once and swiped a pair of bases. Jeremy Martinez also tallied a hit, while Lane Thomas reached base on a pair of walks.

Cubs
Cubs No. 29 prospect Trent Giambrone paced Mesa’s offense as he went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and one run scored. 2018 first-rounder Nico Hoerner (No. 6) went 0-for-5, but picked up an RBI in his second Fall League contest. PJ Higgins didn’t collect a hit, but drove in a run and walked twice. Starting pitcher Justin Steele (No. 8) was tagged for four earned runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings, while lefty Manuel Rondon permitted one walk over two hitless frames in relief.

Pirates
Pirates No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker drove in three runs and stole two bases in a 2-for-5 showing for Surprise. Bryan Reynolds (No. 8) also collected two hits, going 2-for-5 with two runs, while Will Craig (No. 16) scored a run after entering as a pinch-hitter.

Reds
Reds No. 3 prospect Taylor Trammell went 1-for-5 for Scottsdale. Shed Long (No. 8) picked up a hit as a pinch-hitter, while Alfredo Rodriguez (No. 23) went 2-for-4.

NL West

D-backs
D-backs No. 4 prospect Pavin Smith came through with an RBI single as part of a 1-for-4 night for Salt River. Daulton Varsho (No. 5) went 1-for-4 with an RBI and Drew Ellis (No. 9) went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer.

Dodgers
Dodgers No. 2 prospect Keibert Ruiz (No. 39 overall) went 1-for-3 with two walks and an RBI for Glendale. Errol Robinson (No. 20) also had a strong game, going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a stolen base, while designated hitter Cody Thomas contributed by scoring one run. On the mound, relievers Nolan Long and Andre Scrubb allowed a combined five runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks.

Giants
Giants No. 10 prospect Heath Quinn went 0-for-5 for Scottsdale. C.J. Hinojosa (No. 28) went 0-for-6. Chase Johnson gave up three runs on three hits in one inning. Matt Winn went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

Padres
Padres No. 13 prospect Buddy Reed went 1-for-5 and scored a run for Peoria. Left-hander Travis Radke recorded three strikeouts and three walks as he allowed an unearned run on two hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

Rockies
Rockies No. 11 prospect Tyler Nevin reached base four times (3-for-5 with a walk) and drove in a run for Salt River. Justin Lawrence (No. 17) gave up one unearned run in one inning, but he avoided a big inning by inducing a 1-2-3 double pla Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey y when he was stuck in a bases-loaded, no-outs jam. Josh Fuentes was inserted into the game as a pinch-runner.