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MILWAUKEE (AP) — David Ross Jersey , at first, like a long, drawn out “Booooo!”But look at the name on the scoreboard and it becomes apparent what fans at Miller Park are really chanting.“Mooooose!”Mike Moustakas has been a hit with fans and teammates with the Milwaukee Brewers since being acquired from the Kansas City Royals two-plus months ago. They appreciate his solid third base defense, and his left-handed power stroke was key in getting Milwaukee through the NL Division Series. In the clubhouse, his focused demeanor and extensive postseason experience have made him a source of steadiness for a club playing in the postseason for the first time since 2011.“Amazing, amazing. He’s a great teammate,” said utility man Hernan Perez, who has a locker near Moustakas. “He’s been in this situation.”Moustakas and current Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain helped Kansas City reach the World Series twice, including their championship run in 2015. Moustakas is one step away from a Series return with Milwaukee. Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers is Friday night at Miller Park.Moustakas hit .364 in a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies in the NLDS with two RBIs. He had a game-ending, two-out RBI single in the 10th inning in Game 1 and an RBI single in eighth inning of Game 2 to help break open what had been a 1-0 game.A cool hand in tense moments. Exactly what Milwaukee had in mind for its midseason acquisition.“The more experience that you can gain, the better off you’re going to be,” Moustakas said before a team workout on Wednesday.Overall, Moustakas is hitting .234 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 34 games over eight postseason series.“But his experience, it’s important. It really is,” manager Craig Counsell said last week. “Making sure we don’t put the result ahead of the process in our at-bats, and I think Moose is doing a heck of a job of that.”His good friend Cain helped ease the transition to Milwaukee Steve Cishek Jersey , but the Brewers also had to get creative to add Moustakas to the lineup, with Travis Shaw already on the team as the regular third baseman.Someone had to move.Shaw accepted a switch to second base, a new position and potentially awkward fit for the 230-pound slugger. The rationale was that the Brewers employ so many infield shifts, lining up at second wouldn’t be a hard transition. Moustakas also volunteered to move over.Shaw stuck at second and has played fairly well, allowing the Brewers to have three lefty bats in the lineup to go with MVP front-runner Christian Yelich.“It says volumes of the kind of player that he is and the kind of person he is,” Moustakas said about Shaw. “I think the unselfishness of him and this team is why I’m a good fit, because they let me come in here, play third. Just be myself and that’s huge.”The playoff run in Milwaukee winds down an eventful year for Moustakas that started with a disappointing offseason.After setting the Royals’ single-season home run record with 38 in 2017, Moustakas filed for free agency. He rejected a $17.4 million qualifying offer in November.Moustakas never received the multiyear, mega-million dollar contract he and his agent Scott Boras had anticipated. The Royals signed Moustakas to a one-year, $6.5 million contract in March with a mutual option for 2019.“It’s definitely been an interesting year, but I’m very happy with the way everything turned out,” Moustakas said last week. “I was able to sign back with Kansas City, I got traded here and now I’m in the postseason again. Everything happens for a reason. … I’m just really happy to be here.”NOTE: Counsell said Wednesday he had yet to decide on the makeup of the starting rotation or pitching staff against the Dodgers. The Brewers used a bullpen game in the Game 1 win over Colorado in the NLDS. “We have to think about this series differently and covering the number of innings we have to cover,” he said. LOS ANGELES (AP) — With nothing left to play for, the San Diego Padres are in spoiler mode.And it feels good.Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run homer Drew Smyly Jersey , Freddy Galvis added a solo shot and the last-place Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 52,458.“This is a crowd you don’t play in front of every single night,” third baseman Wil Myers said. “It was pretty cool to watch guys go out there and really compete.”Coming off a big three-game sweep of Colorado, the Dodgers’ NL West lead was trimmed to 1 1/2 games over the Rockies, who won 6-2 at Arizona.“Can’t take anyone for granted,” losing pitcher Ross Stripling said.San Diego had dropped five in a row against Los Angeles. It was the Padres’ first win over the Dodgers since July 10 at Petco Park.Rookie Eric Lauer (6-7) pitched five innings of one-run ball in his first win since that July day.“We want to be the spoilers for them just to do it,” Lauer said. “Just because it’s them. It’s definitely cool getting a win in that environment.”Lauer struck out Manny Machado with runners on first and second to end the fifth.“Yeah, I was just feeling good and it was kind of like the amped up part of the moment,” Lauer said.Kirby Yates allowed Machado’s two-out RBI single in the ninth before striking out Joc Pederson for his 10th save.“We just couldn’t take advantage when we had runners in scoring position,” Machado said.Renfroe slugged his 24th homer on a 3-2 pitch with one out in the fourth, putting the Padres ahead 2-1 after Franmil Reyes‘ leadoff single against Ross Stripling (8-5).Galvis homered into the lower right-field seats leading off the seventh, making it 3-1.The Dodgers threatened in the seventh and eighth only to come up short.They cut their deficit to 3-2 in the eighth. Pederson doubled to deep right-center and Matt Kemp struck out before Yasiel Puig singled to left, scoring Pederson.Yasmani Grandal walked before Yates came in to face pinch-hitter Cody Bellinger. He got Bellinger on a swinging strike to end the inning.Trailing 3-1, the Dodgers had the potential tying runs on in the seventh. Brian Dozier walked and took second on Enrique Hernandez’s two-out single. Dozier moved to third and Hernandez went to second on a wild pitch by Robert Stock. Justin Turner flied to left to end the threat.The Padres extended their lead to 5-2 in the ninth against John Axford. Myers hit a two-run double.“Any time you can add runs on late is big and to be able to do it against a good team right there is nice,” Myers said.The Dodgers struck first, taking a 1-0 lead on Hernandez’s 21st homer in the third.Making his return to the rotation http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-drew-storen-jersey , Stripling allowed two runs and three hits in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.TRIPPIN’Yates grounded out to the shortstop in the ninth and while in an all-out dash to first he tripped and fell, sliding on his belly. The move cracked up his teammates. Yates then went out and pitched the ninth.“I’m more impressed he didn’t lose composure after that. Most people are not able to laugh that off,” Green said. “He’s great at laughing at himself. He said, ‘There’s only one way to play the game and that’s hard,’ and that’s what he did.”MISTAKE PRONEDodgers third baseman Justin Turner committed a career-tying two errors.VINNY RETURNSVin Scully has made a rare public appearance at Dodger Stadium to help honor fellow Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrin. The Spanish-language broadcaster was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor, with his name joining Scully and such Dodgers greats as Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella.Scully greeted the crowd with his trademark phrase: “Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you.” A roar went up.“I haven’t said it in two years, so I just thought I’d like to hear it one last time,” Scully said, smiling.He retired two years ago after 67 years in the booth.UP NEXTRHP Jacob Nix (2-3, 5.75 ERA) goes for the Padres in his first career start against Los Angeles. He made his big league debut on Aug. 10. LHP Rich Hill (9-5, 4.02 ERA) starts for the Dodgers on Saturday night. He last faced the Padres a month ago, tossing six scoreless innings and striking out eight.
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