"Not that Gausman doesn't give us that opportunity, we like how Newcomb matches up with them and the success that he's had against the Dodgers this year".
"We all know that there's a lot more work to be done", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his team finished off the Atlanta Braves with a 6-2 victory Monday in the NL Division Series.
It is the third straight trip to the NLCS for the Dodgers, who won the best-of-five division NL Division Series in four games. He got the Dodgers going in Game 4 with a run-scoring double in the first, and effectively wrapped up the series with his seventh-inning shot off rookie Chad Sobotka that cleared the Dodgers' bullpen in left.
Hill was pulled after the Braves loaded the bases in the fifth with one out on an infield single, a walk and an error, but Ryan Madson (1-0) got out of the jam and ended up as the winning pitcher.
Los Angeles now faces its most hard challenge since the 2017 World Series, going up against a hot team with the likely league MVP and without home-field advantage. Despite Buehler's bad start, he still went five innings for Los Angeles and left with the game tied. The Braves haven't been able to score a single run through the first two games, much less register a win. Los Angeles had a franchise-record 235 homers during the regular season and hit eight more against the Braves, accounting for 14 of its 20 runs.
Snitker said he discussed the change with general manager Alex Anthopoulos on the flight home after Atlanta's 3-0 loss Friday. Justin Verlander outdueled Corey Kluber in Game 1, no-hitting the Indians for five innings and giving up two runs before being pulled.
Los Angeles also benefited from some shaky Atlanta defence during its go-ahead inning. Facing veteran left-hander Jonny Venters, he smoked a clean single to center field plating Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig. Toussaint tossed one scoreless inning.
With the series on the line, the Indians sent Mike Clevinger to the mound against Dallas Keuchel with the season on the line.