Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Austin Barnes Will Start NLCS Game 4 Over Yasmani Grandal

Austin Barnes Will Start NLCS Game 4 Over Yasmani Grandal

Although they loaded the bases against Jeremy Jeffress in the 9th inning last night, the Dodgers couldn't punch through any runs, and wound up losing Game Three of the NLCS to the Brewers 4-0.

Defensively, Grandal allowed his third passed ball in two starts in the series and also couldn't corral Walker Buehler's sixth-inning breaking ball in the dirt, which went for the wild pitch that allowed Brewers infielder Travis Shaw to score.

After Game 3, Grandal didn't seem to care what people thought about how he played, even after the home crowd booed him several times. "I don't really hear the noise outside". "And I think it's just one of those things that they were just as frustrated as we all were".

In that series-clinching game, Hill pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowed two runs and four hits, struck out three and walked five. "And they're passionate. They want to win". However, after returning to the dugout, Counsell and his trainer came back onto the field before Gonzalez faced Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes and removed the lefty from the contest. It's the same Barnes for whom fans were chanting a night earlier as Grandal was struggling. In the regular season he slashed.205/.329/.290 to Grandal's.241/.349/.466. That means Game 4 is as close to a must-win for the Dodgers as it gets without literally being a must-win game.

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Whenever a player mentions the home fans, it never ends well.

"I think it's driving you guys more nuts than it's driving me", Grandal told reporters when questioned after the game (via the Orange County Register).

The Dodgers went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and mishandled several balls in play, outside of Grandal's blunders. "Overall, it was a pretty bad game for everybody that calls themselves Dodgers".

"We trust J.J.to get big outs for us", Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

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