On the day following a tough 6-5 loss to the Braves, the Dodgers came out determined to win game four of the NLDS. David Freese hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning and Manny Machado hit a decisive three-run homer in the seventh inning as the newest Dodgers led Los Angeles back to the National League Championship Series.
The Dodgers acquired Machado to lead them to a World Series Title. He took one step toward that on Monday when he collected two hits and four RBIs. He started the game off with an RBI double, then he capped his night with a three-run home run.
Machado had faced Chad Sobotka in game three, an at-bat that resulted in a popout. But Machado didn’t let that stop him in game four. Here’s what he said:
“I faced him the day before, so I had his slider in the back of my mind as well,” said Machado. “At that point I’m trying to drive in at least one run, and I was able to get one up in the air on a good pitch that he made and drive in three.”
Machado may have collected the most RBI, but no one was more clutch on Monday than Freese. The Dodgers were trailing by a run in the sixth inning with two men on base and two outs. In a full count, Freese singled to center field, driving in two runs and giving the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.
Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning to close out the game and the series.
The Dodgers will head to Milwaukee to face the Brewers in the NLCS. The Brewers haven’t lost since September 22. This season, however, the Dodgers have four wins opposed to the Brewers’ three wins in head-to-head matchups.
The Dodgers and Brewers have not yet announced their starters. You can expect to see either Clayton Kershaw or Hyun-Jin Ryu pitch for the Dodgers. The Brewers aren’t so easy. They used two bullpen games to beat the Rockies. In the other game, they used a traditional starter.