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Video: Manny Machado powers Dodgers’ lead with a two-run homer

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Dodgers slugger Manny Machado wasted no time helping the club to an early lead on Friday night. With the Dodgers angling for a 2-0 advantage in the NLDS, the four-time All-Star worked a 3-0 count against Atlanta right-hander Aníbal Sánchez in the bottom of the first, then drove a 386-footer into the left field stands for a two-run lead.

The first-inning blast gave southpaw Clayton Kershaw some much-needed run support as he plowed through the Braves’ lineup, setting down four straight innings of one-hit, one-strikeout ball. Any thought of a perfect game or no-hitter was erased on Ronald Acuña Jr.’s leadoff double in the first inning (making him the youngest player to record a postseason hit for the Braves in over 20 years), but not a single Braves’ batter has managed to reach base since.

The Dodgers currently lead Atlanta 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth.

The Dodgers lineup looks funny

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Lineups come out every day and I look at them every day and I give very little thought to them as long as they include the sorts of players who are appropriate to the game.

On Opening Day everyone important should be playing. Between then and the last day of the season it can be almost anyone depending on health and how much rest they need. In the playoffs it should be the best possible players once again, adjusted for platoon stuff. Usually it all washes by. Managers, our criticisms of them notwithstanding, tend to be pretty good at their jobs.

The Dodgers lineup for Game 6 of the NLCS caught my eye, though, because I can’t remember ever seeing a lineup in which the players were listed, basically, in defensive order. Really, with the exception of the catcher not batting first, have you ever seen a lineup with the defensive positions arranged like this? I haven’t. It’s fun, though!

1. David Freese (R) 1B
2. Max Muncy (L) 2B
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Manny Machado (R) SS
5. Cody Bellinger (L) CF
6. Chris Taylor (R) LF
7. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
8. Austin Barnes (R) C
9. Hyun-Jin Ryu (R) P

For the Brewers, things are a bit more conventional. Kudos to Craig Counsell for not putting an askterisk or a question mark next to Wade Miley, though, which I presume means he’ll last for more than one batter:

1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
2. Christian Yelich (L) RF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Travis Shaw (L) 2B
5. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Erik Kratz (R) C
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Wade Miley (L) P

Is it the last Brewers lineup of the season? Tune in tonight to find out.