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01-12-2019, 06:09 AM,
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He is used to pitching to catcher Yasmani Grandal , but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced backup Austin Barnes will take his place Tuesday.Grandal has struggled throughout his career in the postseason, striking out 30 times in 68 at-bats and hitting safely on just seven occasions. He's 3-for-22 with 10 strikeouts this year.For what it's worth, Barnes was behind the plate for Hill's best career game when he threw nine perfect innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates before allowing a 10th-inning home run to second baseman Josh Harrison in a tough-luck 1-0 loss. That battery hasn't fared as well recently, as Hill posted a 6.75 ERA in his first three September starts with Barnes behind the dish.The other problem is that Hill hasn't had great success against some Brewers, with Christian Yelich (.900 OPS in 10 at-bats), first baseman Jesus Aguilar (1.232 OPS in seven at-bats), outfielder Lorenzo Cain (1.413 OPS in seven at-bats) all having success against the lefty. Granted, those are small sample sizes, but that trio led the team in batting this year.On the opposite mound, southpaw Gio Gonzalez will get the ball. He essentially served as the team's opener in Game 1 Kyle Seager Jersey , allowing one home run to shortstop Manny Machado in an otherwise run-free outing.Gonzalez is a starter by trade (he has a 10-11 record and 4.57 ERA in 27 starts with the Brewers and Washington Nationals this year), but unless he's cruising, chances are he'll have a quick hook like last time as manager Craig Counsell tries to piece together a bridge to a win.Gary Landers/Associated PressThat's not too difficult given Milwaukee has one of MLB's best relief staffs. The Brewers were top five in league ERA and have continued their strong performance in the postseason. Of note, southpaw Josh Hader has thrown six scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts, while right-hander Corey Knebel has tossed 6.2 innings of one-run balls alongside 10 punchouts.The question is whether the bottom falls out on a Brewers bullpen that has been taxed this postseason. Milwaukee starters have tossed 25.2 innings in the playoffs, or an average of just four-plus innings per outing. At some point, will the Brewers simply run out of gas, or will they hold on long enough to stay effective?As far as Game 4 goes, the Brewers hold a trump card in that their top reliever (Hader) threw just eight pitches on Monday. He did toss three innings (and threw 46 pitches) on Friday in a 6-5 win, although the fact he wasn't used Saturday (and had a day off Sunday) could mean more action Tuesday if needed. Counsell confirmed postgame that Hader is available in Games 4 and 5.That should ultimately be the difference. The potential for multiple innings out of Hader , who has thrown 3.2 shutout innings and allowed just two hits while striking out six against L.A., may be too much.Give the edge to Milwaukee as Counsell makes all the right moves again to bring the Brewers within one win of the World Series.Pick: Milwaukee 5, Los Angeles 3 OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Rich Hill played just long enough for the Oakland Athletics two years ago to get a feel for how they can come back when it’s close and win in the late innings, a signature of his former club this season.Hill pitched effectively into the sixth inning to beat his old team for the first time, while the offense manufactured runs to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers past the A’s 4-2 on Tuesday night to snap Oakland’s six-game winning streak.“That’s the theme of this entire team is that everybody comes up to play every single day and we grind it out,” Hill said. “We don’t have many easy wins. I don’t think any wins are easy but we don’t have many wins where we put up 20.”Hill (5-4) allowed two runs, three hits and four walks while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings. He is 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA in eight road starts.The left-hander hadn’t defeated the A’s previously in five appearances and one start. He won nine games for Oakland in 2016 before being dealt to the Dodgers.Khris Davis hit a two-run homer in the sixth — his 32nd — to get the A’s back in it and chase Hill. But the Dodgers put up a key insurance run on Matt Kemp’s RBI single in the seventh that followed a leadoff double by pinch-hitter Joc Pederson.Kemp ended an 0-for-10 funk.“To get a knock and drive in a run I know he was pretty relieved,” manager Dave Roberts said.No late-inning magic or dramatic finish for the home team this time.The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead against Sean Manaea (10-8) in the first on Enrique Hernandez’s RBI groundout. Los Angeles added a run on Austin Barnes‘ second-inning sacrifice bunt then Cody Bellinger’s RBI single in the third.Kenley Jansen closed it out with a pair of strikeouts in a perfect ninth for his 32nd save.Oakland had an eight-game home winning streak end. The A’s six-game winning streak matched their season high.Manaea didn’t make it through the third.Trying to win consecutive outings for the first time since a three-start winning streak from June 16-28, he was done after allowing three runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings on 77 pitches.“Just one of those nights where it didn’t look like there was much life Carlos Ruiz Jersey ,” manager Bob Melvin said. “They were getting some pretty good swings on him. Didn’t look like he was fooling anybody.”A’s starting pitchers had been 5-0 with a 0.73 ERA during the homestand as Oakland didn’t allow an earned run in a three-game weekend sweep of the Tigers.HAMMER TIMEMC Hammer tossed the ceremonial first pitch on African-American heritage night at the Coliseum.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: RHP reliever Daniel Hudson went on the 10-day disabled list with right forearm tightness in a precautionary move after he struggled playing catch Sunday and again Tuesday. … SS Corey Seager had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip now that he is well into his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery that limited him to just 26 games this season. The 24-year-old Seager is expected to be at full strength for the start of spring training. … Kemp, dealing with a bruised left ankle, returned to the lineup as designated hitter after sitting out Sunday against the Astros. … RF Yasiel Puig also was back after missing Sunday with right oblique soreness.Athletics: LF Chad Pinder came off the disabled list and batted eighth. He had been out since July 28 with a laceration on his left elbow. … Oakland optioned RHPs Ryan Dull and J.B. Wendelken and infielder Franklin Barreto to Triple-A Nashville, clearing room for the additions of new right-handers Shawn Kelley and Mike Fiers who came in trades over recent days. Kelley made his A’s debut in the sixth, escaping a bases-loaded jam and recording two outs with a walk.UP NEXTDodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 2.55 ERA), who made the rounds pregame signing autographs with lots of Dodger Blue in the Coliseum crowd, has never posted a decision in three previous starts vs. Oakland but owns a 0.87 ERA. He faces the A’s for the first time since Aug. 18, 2015.Athletics: RHP Fiers makes his A’s debut after being traded Monday by the Tigers. Fiers is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA this season and 2-2 with a 1.96 ERA over his last seven starts.

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