Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Christian Yelich hammers first NLCS home run in Game 7

Christian Yelich hammers first NLCS home run in Game 7

The Los Angeles Dodgers will play in the World Series for the second year in a row after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 Saturday night in the seventh and deciding game of the National League Championship Series.

It's off to Fenway Park for a showdown against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

Dodgers No. 6 hitter Yasiel Puig hit a crucial three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning off Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress to make the score 5-1.

The Dodgers used a secret relief weapon of their own in the bottom of the ninth, bringing on starter Clayton Kershaw for the final inning to close out the Brewers in three batters.

Since both teams moved to California in 1958, the Dodgers have more World Series titles (five) and more NL pennants (11) than the Giants (three and six, respectively), but Los Angeles is now in a 30-year championship drought. The Dodgers return for a second straight year, creating a rematch of the 1916 Fall Classic, won in five games by Boston, who was led by a 21-year-old pitcher named Babe Ruth. That gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead.

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Christian Yelich put Milwaukee ahead with a solo home run in the first inning off rookie Walker Buehler.

Hardly a surprise with the Brewers, a team that was, most likely, tipping pitches in the first inning of the game, when they scored four runs - all of which came with a man on second base, in the catcher Austin Barnes' line of sight.

Running at full speed to his left, Taylor extended his glove hand high in the air just as the ball settled into the mitt to end the inning.

The loss ended a remarkable year for the Brewers. They forced a Game 7 on Saturday night at the madhouse known as Miller Park.

But with Yelich and first baseman Jesus Aguilar emerging as offensive cornerstones, and a deep well of young pitching in the majors, the Brewers figure to be a team to beat again in the National League in 2019.

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