To set the scene, let's look at some things to know about this decisive winner-takes-all showdown in Milwaukee. Powered by those early-game RBI, as well as masterful performances from Wade Miley, Corey Knebel, and Corbin Burnes, the club surged to a 7-2 win to pull even with the Dodgers and force a Game 7 tiebreaker.
The bullpen has carried Milwaukee, and lefthander Josh Hader has been right in the middle of it all year.
Counsell has been picked apart for his unorthodox approach with pitchers, his insistence on letting matchups and situations dictate every move, his use of "bullpenning", a new-age method that de-emphasizes starters and gives games to a handful of relievers.
David Freese led off this Game 6 with a home run that quieted Miller Park - but just for a moment.
"I thought it was incredibly important for us to answer back as quickly as possible, keep the crowd into it, keep the pressure off of us", Braun said. The rest of the Los Angeles lineup managed just three measly singles.
Expect Counsell to use him aggressively and for multiple innings. Hill held the Brewers hitless through the first three innings of the game and ultimately surrendered three total hits in his outing along with one run. It's within the range of possibilities.
Hinch noted that the Brewers used reliever Dan Jennings to start a game against the Cardinals on September 24 before pulling Jennings after retiring the first batter. He threw 70 pitches with 47 going for strikes. He is only 24 and in his second full season removed from Tommy John surgery, but he emerged as another ace in this deep Dodgers staff throughout the second half, sporting a 1.55 ERA in his last 75 ⅓ innings of the regular season (including 6 ⅔ scoreless frames in Game 163).
As for Saturday's Game 7, Roberts said "outside of Ryu, everyone will be available". He used none of them in Game 6, and Game 6 of course followed a travel day.
Kershaw recovered from the shortest postseason start of his career.
If the Brewers rally to win the series and this ends up being Kershaw's last start for the Dodgers, he left behind a gem.
Sure, there two different Game 163s (won by the Brewers and the Dodgers, coincidentally) and there were the two wild card games. He started against the Rockies in Game 2 of the NLDS, and twirled five scoreless with three strikeouts and as many walks.
Jesus Aguilar went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs in the win. Going back to the regular season, Chacin hasn't allowed more than one run in a start since September 21. In the playoffs, though, he hasn't fared as well. Buehler has an excellent repertoire and a larger sample of pitching at a high level.
This series has in many ways encapsulated the Dodgers' season.
The 23-year-old outfielder ripped a 3-2 pitch from Brewers reliever Junior Guerra (0-1), allowing Manny Machado to score from second base.
To do that, the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles must play in a Game 7, and the Boston Red Sox will await the victor. And which teams are a must-back? By the time he got his third out, the Brewers were up 4-1. The Brewers are down 3-2 deficit in the NLCS, but have two games at home, where they went 51-30 this season.