Los Angeles was looking for its second straight NL pennant and some time to prepare for the mighty Boston Red Sox in the World Series.
This time around, there were no shenanigans-no revivals of century-old gambits or attempted rope-a-dopes or not-so-successful starter subterfuge.
"It's a game that you just don't know how it's going to unfold", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. But so can Josh Hader, the devastating left-handed reliever who warmed up in the Brewers' bullpen late in Friday's Game 6 but never entered.
That ended up being 13 solid if unspectacular outs, as Miley once again kept a tough Dodgers lineup off balance. Despite walking three batters, Rich Hill managed to strike out six and had many viewers raving about his curveball.
The teams reconvened less than 15 hours after the Dodgers eked out a 2-1 victory Tuesday night on Cody Bellinger's RBI single with two outs in a 13-inning game that lasted over five hours. Counsell stayed with Knebel for five outs, giving him his first pro plate appearance with the bases loaded in the fifth - he struck out - and Burnes worked two ideal innings. "One person inside the organization said that on videos of the games, a coach could be seen running from the hallway into the Dodgers' dugout whenever a runner reached second base".
Los Angeles scored once in the fifth inning Wednesday to tie up Game 4 at 1-1, while the hosts scored twice in both the sixth and seventh innings en route to a 5-2 win.
Woodruff (1-1) gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Freese is a career.350 hitter (7 for 20) with a homer and four walks against Miley. Those final runs didn't just give Milwaukee some wiggle room, though. The awakened offense, then, proved doubly crucial for the Brewers.
"Best-case scenario for sure for us", Counsell said.
This sets up Wade Miley to start Game 6 in Milwaukee and Jhoulys Chacin Game 7 - instead of Chacin in Game 6 on short rest.
Don't expect either of those two to be on the mound for long, though, barring stupendous efforts.
The last pitcher to start back-to-back games in the same postseason series was George Earnshaw of the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1930 World Series, according to STATS.
Zeroing on Roberts' decision tells how deep both he and Brewers manager Craig Counsell have gone into the gamesmanship in this series.
Counsell should have everyone at his disposal. "We'll have the two guys who have been our best starting pitchers all year ready to go for us, a fully rested bullpen, and I think the day off could be really beneficial for us offensively". "They'll do the same on Friday".
With a runner on first and one out in the third in Game 5, Woodruff drew a five-pitch walk from a visibly annoyed Kershaw, who couldn't hit his spots.