The Milwaukee Brewers will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park Saturday night, with a trip to the World Series at stake.
The Brewers defeated the Dodgers Friday night, 7-2, to tie the best-of-seven National League Championship Series at three games apiece.
Milwaukee hadn't scored many runs in the previous few contests. But Friday night, the Brewers broke through for four runs in the first inning to wipe out the Dodgers' 1-0 lead. Milwaukee added single runs in the second, seventh and eighth innings.
Hitting stars included first baseman Jesus Aguilar, left fielder Ryan Braun and third baseman Mike Moustakas. Brewers starter Wade Miley and relievers Corey Knebel, Jeremy Jeffress and Corbin Burnes held Los Angeles to five hits, with Knebel getting the victory.
Brewers Manager Craig Counsell credited Aguilar's two-run double in the first, for exciting the fans. "And I thought it helped us. It certainly put a crazy amount of energy in the dugout and made it a lot of fun, " Counsell told reporters last night.
Jhoulys Chacin is the Brewers scheduled starting pitcher Saturday night. Walker Buehler is expected on the mound for Los Angeles.
The Brewers haven't been to the World Series since 1982. The Dodgers lost in the Fall Classic last year to the Houston Astros.
The NL champion will face American League champs, the Boston Red Sox, beginning Tuesday, in Boston.