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LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time since the Milwaukee

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Brewers began their incredible late-season surge http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-frank-thomas-jersey , their bats went cold enough to lose.The Brewers managed just eight hits over 13 innings in their 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night, evening the NL Championship Series at 2 games apiece.With the chance to move to the brink of the World Series, a lineup that was resourceful and powerful throughout the regular season and in the division series couldn’t hit a homer or string together any significant rallies.Just two of the Brewers’ hits went for extra bases. They went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position, stranding 10 runners.Those struggles made it even more painful when Manny Machado slid home with the winning run on Cody Bellinger’s single.“There’s a bunch of guys we need offense from,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We’ve got some good contributions from guys at the bottom. But I think a bunch of guys are not really on it right now offensively.”The most prominent struggler is Christian Yelich, the likely NL MVP from nearby Thousand Oaks. He went 1 for 5 with a single and a walk in Game 4, dropping the regular-season triple crown contender to 3 for 16 (.188) with no extra-base hits or RBIs in the NLCS.Yelich isn’t alone in his slump, however: Milwaukee is batting .224 through four games in the NLCS, striking out 41 times — which would seem like a lot if the Dodgers hadn’t struck out 49 times.“We had opportunities that we didn’t take advantage of,” Yelich said. “Eventually it’s going to catch up to you. It was a hard-fought game. It was a great baseball game, it really was. Both sides had opportunities, and they were just able to catch one in there at the end.”The Brewers hadn’t scored fewer than two runs in a game since Pittsburgh blanked them on Sept. 22. Milwaukee promptly won its final seven regular-season games and an NL Central tiebreaker against the Chicago Cubs to earn its first division title since 2011, and the Brewers did more than enough at the plate in a sweep of Colorado in the Division Series.While they haven’t pounded the ball with the proficiency of Boston or Houston, the Brewers entered Game 4 of the NLCS leading the playoffs with a .265 team batting average.But Milwaukee lost for just the second time in its last 15 games because the Brewers didn’t generate nearly enough offense to back their pitching staff, which turned in another stellar night of work. Even in their only other loss during this 15-game stretch, the Brewers scored three runs in Game 2 of the NLCS.Ryan Braun contributed three singles in Game 4, but the rest of the lineup was dire. Milwaukee got only two runners to third base, none after the seventh inning.Lorenzo Cain went 0 for 6 in the leadoff spot. Mike Moustakas also went 0 for 6, while Jonathan Schoop, Jesus Aguilar and Orlando Arcia were a combined 2 for 15.Pinch-hitter Domingo Santana drove in the Brewers’ only run with a fifth-inning double that scored Arcia. Manny Pina led off the seventh with a double punctuated by a big celebration at second base, but he didn’t score.The Dodgers’ defense also contributed to the woes with several nifty plays, including Cody Bellinger’s full-stretch, diving catch of Cain’s sinking liner leading off the 10th.The Brewers don’t have much time to fix their woes, but Counsell might need to contemplate more lineup changes for Game 5. Moustakas is 2 for 17 with six strikeouts in the NLCS, while Cain is 4 for 20 with seven strikeouts and Aguilar is 3 for 14.“I think there’s a bunch of guys we need to get going, and we will,” Counsell said. “I think good players will get good offense going, and we’re going to need it, and I expect it to happen.” The National League regular season has been extended by a day, and baseball fans could not be more excited by the development.Fans will be treated to two tiebreaaker games because the National League Central and West Division titles have not been decided after the 162-game championship season.The Milwaukee Brewers (95-67) and Chicago Cubs (95-67) will meet Monday at 1 p.m. ET to decide the Central Division crown. The Cubs will host the game at Wrigley Field and will be televised by ESPN. Jhoulys Chacin is the likely starter for the bullpen-dependent Brewers, while Jose Quintana gets the start for the Cubs.The Colorado Rockies (91-71) and Los Angeles Dodgers (91-71) will play at Dodger Stadium and that game will also be televised by ESPN at 4 p.m. German Marquez will start for the Rockies and Walker Buehler will get the ball for the Dodgers."Our goal is to win the division," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "With Walker rested, having an extra day鈥攔ight now, he's our best. To win this game, to win the division鈥攊t's in our hands."All four teams recorded sizable victories on Sunday to force the double-tiebreaker scenario. The winner of the Brewers-Cubs showdown will earn the No. 1 seed in the National League playoffs, while the winner of the Rockies-Dodgers tiebreaker will have the No. 2 seed and have homefield advantage over the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the Division series.The two losers of Monday's showdown games will meet in the NL wild-card game Tuesday, and the NL Central representative will host their opponent from the NL West in that one-game playoff.The winner of that wild-card game will face the NL Central winner in the other divisional series.Postseason ScheduleNational League TiebreakersMonday, October 1, Brewers at Cubs, 1:05 ET Bobby Jenks Jersey , ESPNMonday, October 1, Rockies at Dodgers, 4:09 p.m. ET, ESPNWild-Card GamesTuesday, October 2, NL West loser at NL Central loser, 8 p.m. ET, ESPNWednesday, October 3, A's at Yankees, 8 p.m. ET, TBSDivision SeriesNLDSThursday, October 4, NLDS A, Game 1, FS1 or MLBNThursday, October 4, NLDS B, Game 1, FS1 or MLBNFriday, October 5 NLDS A, Game 2, FS1 or MLBNFriday, October 5, NLDS B, Game 2, FS1 or MLBNSunday, October 7, NLDS A, Game 3, FS1 or MLBNSunday, October 7, NLDS B, Game 3, FS1 or MLBNMonday, October 8, NLDS A, Game 4*, FS1Monday http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-michael-jordan-jersey , October 8, NLDS B, Game 4*, FS,1Wednesday, October 10, NLDS A, Game 5*, FS1Wednesday, October 10, NLDS B, Game 5*, FS1*If necessaryALDSFriday, October 5, Yankees/A's at Red Sox, Game 1, TBSFriday, October 5, Indians at Astros, Game 1, TBSSaturday, October 6 Yankees/A's at Red Sox, Game 2, TBSSaturday, October 6, Indians at Astros, Game 2, TBSMonday, October 8, Red Sox at Yankees/A's, Game 3, TBSMonday, October 8, Astros at Indians, Game 3, TBSTuesday, October 9, Red Sox at Yankees/A's, Game 4*, TBSTuesday Carlton Fisk Jersey , October 9, Astros at Indians, Game 4*, TBSThursday, October 11, Yankees/A's at Red Sox, Game 5*, TBSThursday, October 11, Indians at Astros, Game 5*, TBS*If necessaryLeague Championship SeriesNLCSFriday, October 12, Game 1, FOX or FS1Saturday, October 13, Game 2, FOX or FS1Monday, October 15, Game 3, FOX or FS1Tuesday, October 16, Game 4, FOX or FS1Wednesday, October 17, Game 5*, FOX or FS1Friday, October 19, Game 6*, FOX or FS1Saturday, October 20, Game 7*, FOX or FS1*If necessaryALCSSaturday, October 13, Game 1, TBSSunday, October 14, Game 2, TBSTuesday, October 16 http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-abreu-jersey , Game 3, TBSWednesday, October 17, Game 4, TBSThursday, October 18, Game 5*, TBSSaturday, October 20, Game 6*, TBSSunday, October 21, Game 7*, TBS*If necessaryWORLD SERIESTuesday, October 23, Game 1, FOXWednesday, October 24, Game 2, FOXFriday, October 26, Game 3 , FOXSaturday, October 27, Game 4, FOXSunday, October 28, Game 5*, FOXTuesday, October 30 Game 6*, FOXWednesday, October 31 Game 7*, FOXThe two tiebreakers and all postseason games can be live-streamed at MLB.TV.The American League did not have any of the end-of-season drama that took place in the NL.Even though the New York Yankees won 100 games, they finished a distant second to the Boston Red Sox in the American League East and they will host the American League wild-card game against the Oakland A's Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m., and the game will be televised by TBS.The winner of that game will face the Red Sox in the Division Series, and that series will get underway Friday at Fenway Park.The other American League Division series features the Cleveland Indians and the defending World Series champion Houston Astros. The Astros have homefield advantage and that series will start Friday in Houston.The Red Sox, who finished the regular season with a 108-54 record, will have homefield advantage throughout the postseason.

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