The Dodgers have talked about having unfinished business after losing Game 7 of the World Series past year to the Houston Astros. The three-time Cy Young Award victor, pitching on two days of rest after starting Game 5, finished off the Brewers by striking out Mike Moustakas in a flawless ninth.
Yelich opened the scoring with one out in the first inning, delighting the sellout crowd of 44,097 by smacking a solo home run to right field.
Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when star hitter Christian Yelich tagged a 1-0 pitch from Los Angeles starter Walker Buehler for a home run. He held Joc Pederson, Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger and Yasmani Grandal to a combined total of 1-for-9 with a ground-rule double and a double play the first two times through the order while holding L.A. scoreless through five innings to help the Brewers win Game 3 in Dodger Stadium.
The last time the Milwaukee Brewers made the World Series was in 1982, back when they were led by Paul Molitor, Robin Yount and Cecil Cooper, back when Craig Counsell was a 12-year-old kid growing up in Whitefish Bay, Wis., dreaming of one day bringing a championship to Milwaukee.
"It's pretty cool. It's going to be a pretty special series", said Bellinger, chosen as the NLCS MVP.
It's been more than a century since the two clubs met to decide baseball's championship - and most fans are hoping this year's Series will be worth the wait. We're sitting in a very good spot, to me, going home for Game 6.
Puig's three-run shot off reliever Jeremy Jeffress quieted the breathless, screaming Brewers fans at Miller Park. You really don't know how much that ball is going to tail.
The loss ended a remarkable year for the Brewers. "People are feeling, 'Is this the greatest Red Sox season of all time?' I think they want to see the postseason version of that", Lawrence said. "There's going to be Dodgers fans in NY and Boston that are going to go to Fenway". They didn't coast into the playoffs - in fact, just a few months into the season, some had already written off the struggling Dodgers.
The game has changed in many ways, but it still comes back to big pitching performances, big plays and big hits like Bellinger's and Puig's home runs.