Gio Gonzalez to miss rest of postseason for Brewers

Lynette Rowe
October 18, 2018

The 26-year-old drew criticism in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series from fans and Hall of Famer Jim Palmer when he didn't run hard to first after hitting a groundball to shortstop.

That discussion between the two played occurred in the 13th inning on Tuesday, after Machado reached on a broken-bat single and reached second on a wild pitch before scoring the winning run.

Enrique Hernandez was none too pleased on how the Dodgers played during the 4-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, nor with how the fan base acted throughout the defeat. Two days later, Athletics reliever Fernando Abad threw at Machado's knees, almost hitting him, and on the next pitch, he retaliated by throwing his bat at third base, where Alberto Callaspo had just replaced Donaldson. He made a diving catch on his belly of a ball hit by Lorenzo Cain leading off the 10th, spreading his arms out and sliding like a snow angel in right field. Roberts used him only in a pinch-hitting role in Game 2, which resulted in an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded and the Dodgers down by one in the seventh.

Christian Yelich didn't hold back words in his response to the incident.

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On Wednesday, the Dodgers will try to move within one victory of their second consecutive World Series berth. Yelich said if a play like that happened one time from Machado it might be considered an accident, but he sees it as a pattern.

Wade Miley (5-2, 2.57 ERA) will start today for the Brewers, while Los Angeles will turn to Kershaw (9-5, 2.73). "And then once I noticed he was attacking me, I just tried to put the ball in play and hopefully find a hole this time". "It's a dirty play by a dirty player".

Los Angeles starter Rich Hill went five innings, giving up one run on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts. The left-hander exited in the second inning with a sprained left ankle. Both benches and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown.

Both Machado and Aguilar said after the game that they had no quarrel with each other, and Aguilar said Machado apologized to him. He says he was "really frustrated" following a 4-0 loss to the Brewers on Monday at Dodger Stadium. "He's a great guy".

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