The sound of silence.
Jhoulys Chacin and the Brewers bullpen converged to throw nine scoreless innings as Milwaukee shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-0, in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium.
After each team combined to score nine runs in Games 1 and 2 of the series, the trilogy featured a good old fashioned pitcher's duel between rookie right-hander Walker Buehler and Jhoulys Chacin.
Despite getting beat by walks in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Braves, Buehler still issued a free pass to Christian Yelich in the first inning, and he scored three pitches later on an RBI double down the left field line by Ryan Braun.
"I love just the emotion of these games, the adrenaline everyone is able to play with," said Braun of his RBI.
Buehler bounced back with four consecutive scoreless innings before center fielder Cody Bellinger crashed into the wall on a fly ball from Travis Shaw that resulted in a triple for the Brewers second baseman.
Shaw would score two pitches later on a wild pitch and Milwaukee led 2-0 with a rested bullpen ready to shut down the Dodgers.
"The block tonight with a shot to third base, a backup slider, he just couldn't get around," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said of the wild pitch. "But that was a tougher play than it seemed, than it looked like."
Shaw is the son of long-time Dodgers reliever, Jeff Shaw, who played for the Dodgers between 1998 and 2001. None of those teams ever made the playoffs, so Shaw told Travis to not take the moment for granted and to remember how special playing in the postseason is before the game.
Buehler bounced back from his first taste of the postseason in Atlanta, but still was the hard-luck loser on Monday, allowing four runs on five hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in seven strong innings.
"I thought he couldn't command his curveball," Roberts said of Buehler. "I thought there were opportunities to get ahead of hitters with the breaking ball and he was trying but just couldn't really strike it. I thought the fastball had really good life and command all night long. The punch-outs speak to that. And he did enough to a point to keep us in the ballgame."
Orlando Arcia put the finishing touches on Buehler's night with a two-run homer into the short porch in right field to give the Brewers a 4-0 lead.
"That was my thid at-bat against him, and he pitched me the same sequence," said Arcia. "He started with breaking balls early. I was looking for a fastball that I could put a good contact on and thankfully I was able to get it and put a good drive towards it."
Entering the postseason, Arcia had just three homers in 366 plate appearances. Thus far in the 2018 playoffs, Arcia has 3 homers in just 19 plate appearances, including two against the Dodgers in the NLCS.
"Orlando has always been a guy that you want to put a moment on him, put pressure on him," Counsell said. "Put the spotlight on him. He loves it. And I'm not surprised that he's thriving in playoff atmosphere. He has this love and he's wired the right way for this kind of baseball."
After mounting comebacks in Games 1 and 2, the Dodgers bats went silent in Game 3, and will need to awaken on Tuesday in Game 4.
Corey Knebel threw 1 and 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, and struck out four of the five batters he faced.
Joakim Soria, Josh Hader, and Jeremy Jeffress combined to pitch a scoreless eighth and ninth.
The Dodgers loaded the bases with a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, but Yasmani Grandal and Brian Dozier struck out in back-to-back at-bats to end the game.
"We had the right guys in those moments and we just didn't execute," said Roberts. "We were 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position."
He's right, Los Angeles was 0-for-10 in the game with runners in scoring position and left eight men on-base.
Three of the Brewers six playoff wins this year have been shut outs, and it's the first time they've pitched three shutouts in their franchise's postseason history, and just the third team in MLB history to do it, joining the 1905 New York Giants and 1966 Baltimore Orioles.
According to STATS, the Brewers became the first visiting team to pitch a postseason shutout at Dodger Stadium since the Philadelphia Philles did it in Game 1 of the 1983 NLCS.
Los Angeles had gone 50 consecutive home playoff games without being blanked, the second-longest streak in major league history behind 61 straight for the Boston Red Sox.
The Dodgers will try to even the series Rich Hill will start Game 4 for Los Angeles, with Milwaukee starting Game 1 starter Gio Gonzalez. First pitch is scheduled for 6:09PM PT.
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