MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wade Miley, take two.
And this time, the Milwaukee Brewers southpaw believes there will be more than one batter in his next start in the National League Championship Series.
On Friday night, when Miley will try to help the Brewers avoid elimination, 3-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Miley returns to the hill two days after being lifted after facing main batter Clay Bellinger in Game 5 on a designed move by manager Craig Counsell. The Dodgers go with left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu in a rematch of the Game 2 starters.
"I think I'll be fine, I just have to go out and make pitches," Miley said at Dodger Stadium after the Brewers fell. 5-2 on Wednesday.
The last pitcher to start consecutive games in the same postseason series was George Earnshaw of the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1930 World Series, according to STATS. Earnshaw pitched seven shut innings in Game 5 before pitching a full game two days later, allowing one run in a win that took the series.
Can you get over that, Wade?
"I started the end of an All-Star break and the other side," Miley said.
It's not exactly the same. Miley had the last opening against the Dodgers, and retired after a five-pitch walk.
Reliever Brandon Woodruff made the most of the Brewers' initial "start" after facing the second batter, Justin Turner. Woodruff allowed three runs, two of them won, along with five hits and one walk, while he stoked eight in the loss after going to 5 1/3 innings.
Counsell explained that the unconventional movement was an effort to obtain the best confrontations. The Dodgers went with Clay Bellinger to the southpaw left-hander before leaving with three right-handers in the lineup. They had another lefty in the starting lineup, power hitter Max Muncy.
The results were mixed. Los Angeles remained scoreless until the fourth, then broke through with five runs in the next three innings to advance a win from a trip back to the World Series.