Los Angeles Dodgers beat Milwaukee Brewers to reach World Series

Doug Mendoza
October 21, 2018

The emotion and elation of this trek manifested in the persona of one man, Yasiel Puig, as he rounded the bases in Saturday's sixth inning.

While Tom Brady is rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Championship Series, his No. 1 wide receiver, Julian Edelman, is pulling for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Goliath match-up of big-money Dodgers versus small-market Brewers provided all sorts of drama, but in the end, the Dodgers' strong pitching, some sterling defense, and Puig's power proved too much.

Puig might not be Mr. October, but Twitter certainly treated him like that following the monstrous blast.

The Dodgers will face the 108-win Boston Red Sox in the World Series, which begins on Tuesday at Fenway Park.

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If the Dodgers win on either Friday or Saturday, they'll advance to Machado's first World Series, enhancing his visibility. No one was as outspoken about Machado after the game as Yelich as he answered questions from reporters about the play.

Having been dinged after Game 2 of the series for not running out a grounder to shortstop, Machado went full-hustle to reach on a bunt single to lead off the second inning Saturday night.

The Brewers had their chances against rookie starter Walker Buehler, a 24-year-old right-hander who navigated through trouble over 4 2/3 innings.

Yelich looked like he would hurt the Dodgers again in the fifth with Lorenzo Cain on second with two outs.

Clayton Kershaw ended this one by pitching a flawless ninth inning, beginning the official Dodgers celebration, amid silence from most of the sellout crowd of 44,097. The MVP candidate hit a high, hard liner to left that seemed destined to fall in for a double.

The 2018 World Series is the fourth trip to the games in the last 15 years for the Red Sox, who won championships in 2004, 2007 and 2013. Cody Bellinger hit a two-run shot in the second that gave Los Angeles the lead.

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