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The Dodgers’ bullpen has taken its share of criticism recently. That can only mean one thing: it’s October.
Tasked with recording the final nine outs with a 3-0 lead in a do-or-die Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday, the bullpen did it.
Blake Treinen allowed the Atlanta Braves’ only run in a 3-1 victory, then snuffed out a possible rally in a tense seventh inning. Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect eighth and ninth, respectively.
Walker Buehler set them up with six shutout innings. The same bullpen that had surrendered 15 earned runs in 22-2/3 innings over the first five games of the NLCS knocked ’em down.
“For me at that point in time,” Manager Dave Roberts said, “I’m just trying to shorten the game.”
Treinen set a foreboding tone. On his first pitch, the left-handed-hitting Nick Markakis squared up a belt-high cutter, lining it into right field for a triple.
The next batter, Cristian Pache, appeared fooled as he whiffed on a middle-middle cutter at 96 mph. He grounded the next pitch weakly to third base for the first out of the seventh inning. Markakis stayed put at third base.
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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News