After one batter, the Milwaukee Brewers were down 1-0 at home in a must-win Game 6 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. David Freese’s leadoff home run looked like a statement of intent. But instead, the Brewers were buoyed by a raucous home crowd as Manny Machado stepped to the plate. It’s strange to say, but Wade Miley striking him out turned the momentum of the game. The Brew Crew escaped without any further damage, and they ended up effectively winning the game in the bottom half of the inning as Jesus Aguilar helped them plate four runs to take a 4-1 lead. Ryan Braun doubled in the second to drive in Christian Yelich, and it was a 5-1 lead. From there, the dominant Brewers bullpen wouldn’t let the Dodgers have much. In fact, aside from the aforementioned home run from Freese and a double by him later that scored Ryan Dozier, the Dodgers only had three other hits. Aguilar would later score a run and drive in one more with a single to give the Brewers a 7-2 lead that held. Game 7 is on Saturday night, and if the crowd is anything like it was on Friday night, the Brewers will be favored to win it and move on to face the Red Sox in the World Series.
Elsewhere, the Golden State Warriors remained unbeaten on the season with a late buzzer beater. The defending champions are 2-0 now after Jonas Jerebko tipped in a rebound with only 0.3 seconds left on the clock. And to make it even better, he did so against his former team, the Utah Jazz, to help the Warriors win 124-123. Much is made of the Warriors’ stars, and rightfully so, but this only demonstrates further just how well they have done to bring in effective role players.
There were chants of ‘MVP’ ringing in Toronto and in Minneapolis. Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 31 points to a 113-101 win over the Boston Celtics in a game that pitted two very big contenders against each other. And he did it essentially with only three quarters of play. Then there was Jimmy Butler, who went from being booed at the beginning of the game to being cheered off by Timberwolves fans as he scored 33 points in a 131-123 win over the now 0-2 Cleveland Cavaliers. We’ll see how this develops, but for now it’s not looking too bad for him.