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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Walker Buehler has allowed five hits, but only one run, through the first four innings, striking out six. The Dodgers lead, 2-1, and Buehler's spot is up third.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Hader is in to begin the third. Dave Roberts will replace one of his LHHs (Joc Pederson) with Kiké Hernandez, but the other (Max Muncy) will remain in the game.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

After pinch-hitting for Jhoulys Chacin in the second inning, the Brewers look are putting their Game 7 hopes in Josh Hader's hands very earlier in this winner-take-all matchup.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Things are happening. Josh Hader warmed up near the end of the top of the second, and Clayton Kershaw walked to the bullpen in between innings.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Manny Machado put his hands up as soon as Cody Bellinger made contact. He unleashed a 425-foot bomb to right-center, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Miller Park just got a whole lot quieter after Manny Machado bunted his way on and Cody Bellinger followed with a towering blast to give the Dodgers their first lead of NLCS Game 7.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian Yelich, 6-for-32 in these playoffs, turned on a 98-mph fastball from Walker Buehler and sent it just over the glove of Yasiel Puig for a first-inning homer. 1-0, Brewers.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

The Brewers made it to a seventh game of this NLCS without a signature moment from their MVP, but that changed in the first inning of Game 7 when Christian Yelich sent a 98 mph Walker Buehler fastball over the right-field wall to give Milwaukee an early lead.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

With Brewers fans looking on, Dodgers Game 7 starter Walker Buehler throws his warmup pitches before taking the ball for the biggest outing of his young career.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Miller Park's towel-waving faithful is ready for Game 7.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, on the state of his team, less than 12 months removed from Game 7 of the World Series: "I think the general mood is very relaxed. It's very relaxed. Guys are laughing. Guys are preparing. There's certain guys that have kind of got that focused look, and their personalities reflect that. Bud I do believe that being in this situation and playing in a lot of big games ... I think that experience will help."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Craig Counsell, raised in Milwaukee, has vivid memories of the 1982 Brewers team that advanced to the World Series and his superstitions — "routines," he insists — around them. He walked the right-field ramp at County Stadium in the seventh inning every time his team needed runs, including when Cecil Cooper came up with the game-winning two-run single in the decisive Game 5 of the ALCS. "I thought I was very lucky at that time," Counsell said. "That was the spot. I'd found the spot."

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

They're serious about their boos here in Milwaukee, as fans are even booing Manny Machado as the Dodgers shortstop takes batting practice before NLCS Game 7.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

The Brewers are on the field getting ready for the first Game 7 in Miller Park history. In fact, the city of Milwaukee hasn't hosted a baseball Game 7 since the then Milwaukee Braves lost to the Yankees in the final game of the 1958 World Series.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he is "very willing" to turn to Clayton Kershaw today, though he isn't sure how much he can provide. "It's hard to see a scenario where he isn't part of this game," Roberts said.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Other relievers will surely favor in, but tonight, I think, is basically Jhoulys Chacín, Josh Hader and Corey Knebel versus Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen. And I'm not sure which I would prefer.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will stack two lefties at the top of his lineup, first Joc Pederson and then Max Muncy. Cody Bellinger will play CF, Yasiel Puig is in RF and Chris Taylor starts at 2B. Austin Barnes remains behind the plate for Walker Buehler.