Both benches cleared after the Los Angeles Dodgers' star shortstop clipped the back leg of Milwaukee first baseman Jesus Aguilar while running out his groundout Tuesday night in the 10th inning of Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.
The 23-year-old outfielder ripped a 3-2 pitch from Brewers reliever Junior Guerra (0-1), allowing Manny Machado to score from second base. His Dodgers teammates sprinted from the third base dugout to join him. Roberts said he sees Grandal getting "a little too anxious" in high-leverage situations, and Grandal admitted to venturing outside the strike zone a little too frequently.
"Should I have run on that pitch?"
Machado didn't run out a grounder in Game 2 of the NLCS, adding to the negative attention in this series. Even in their only other loss during this 15-game stretch, the Brewers scored three runs in Game 2 of the NLCS.
Brewers players were quick to defend Aguilar - and point fingers at Machado.
"You saw the replay, probably", Machado said.
"Obviously I'm not going to change, I'm not the type of player that's going to be 'Johnny Hustle, ' and run down the line and slide to first base and ... you know, whatever can happen". It's a dirty play by a dirty player, and that's what it is.
Aguilar said the two talked it out after Machado singled in the 13th.
"We had no energy", Hernandez said, according to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. "They want the best out of all of us, especially in the postseason".
The controversial play on Tuesday night harked back to that play as well as his jog through the bag in Game 2. Hill was making his first appearance in the NLCS after starting the Dodgers on their way to the victory in the NLDS clincher at Atlanta on October 8.
Brewers minor-league pitcher Braden Webb said it was "very unprofessional". The left-hander exited in the second inning with a sprained left ankle.
The Brewers tied it 1-all in the fifth on pinch-hitter Domingo Santana's RBI double that took one hop against the right-field wall with Yasiel Puig scrambling in pursuit. "But to start the game and get his bat and to produce some offense, I think it's a good thing". Dozier had one hit in five previous at-bats in the playoffs.
This is from Game 3 - thanks to a Brewers challenge about whether it was illegal, replay revealed it was against the rules.
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