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ANAHEIM http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-finnegan-jersey , Calif. (AP) — Seattle assured itself a winning season with another one-run victory Saturday night. It’s still holding out hope to accomplish more than that.“It’s nobody’s goal to have a winning season,” Robinson Cano said. “The goal is to make the playoffs.”Cano aided Seattle’s fading postseason aspirations with a three-run double that capped the Mariners‘ rally from a four-run deficit in a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.The Mariners are 7 1/2 games behind Oakland for the final AL wild card with 14 games to play.Seattle trailed 4-0 before Kristopher Negron and Mitch Haniger homered in the fifth inning. Negron added an RBI single in the sixth, then Cano cleared the bases in the eighth to lift Seattle’s record to 82-66.The Angels took a 3-0 lead in the first on back-to-back home runs from Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. It was the 28th home run for Trout and the 20th for Ohtani.Justin Upton added a solo home run in the fourth and a second solo homer in the ninth to give him 29 on the season.“He’s obviously more comfortable in the box,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s gone through a stretch for the better part of this month where he was just having trouble finding his rhythm and finding the barrel of the bat on a consistent basis. But tonight he swung the bat like he’s capable of.”James Pazos (4-1) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the victory.Edwin Diaz allowed Upton’s homer but otherwise closed out the Angels in the ninth for his major league-leading 55th save. Diaz is tied for the third for most saves in a season with Eric Gagne (2003) and John Smoltz (2002).“Fifty-five saves, wow,” Servais said. “Hopefully we can keep that total going. He likes getting out there.”Seattle is 59-0 when Diaz has a save opportunity, part of why the Mariners are 36-20 in one-run games.HANIGER DELIVERSIn addition to his 25th home run, Haniger came through defensively, saving two runs in the sixth.First, he threw Trout out at the plate after fielding a sharply hit single from Ohtani. Then he went up against the wall, making a leaping catch just over the yellow line to deprive Upton a third home run.“I was just hoping it wouldn’t carry,” Haniger said. “Luckily I camped under it.”Said Servais: “He’s the real deal. The complete package.”HEANEY OFFAndrew Heaney has been the Angels most consistent starter this season but struggled with that Saturday. He went five innings Reggie Sanders Jersey , allowing eight hits and a walk.“Andrew was grinding tonight,” Scioscia said. “I think he was working against himself a little bit. Didn’t feel like he was in sync, had some trouble repeating some pitches. Then he made some good pitches to get out of jams. All in all, I think he just wasn’t as crisp tonight as maybe we’ve seen.”TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: LHP James Paxton, who hasn’t pitched since Sept. 7 because of pneumonia, could rejoin the team in the next few days. Seattle has not scheduled a starting pitcher for Wednesday in Houston. Servais said LHP Roenis Elias, who pitched well in a spot start Friday, could also start Wednesday.Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs has made only one start since July 31, when he re-injured his strained left abductor, but is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday. Scioscia said he could return to the rotation next week.UP NEXTMariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (12-9, 4.24) is scheduled to start the season series finale against the Angels. He is 3-0 with a 3.05 ERA in seven career starts against the Angels.Angels: Rookie RHP Jaime Barria (10-9, 3.53) is scheduled to make his 24th start. Barria Johnny Bench Jersey , an unexpected piece of the Los Angeles rotation, is 1-3 with a 3.80 ERA in four starts against the Mariners. The Milwaukee Brewers are back in control of the National League Championship Series thanks to a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Monday's Game 3 at Dodger Stadium.Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin set the tone by allowing just three hits in 5.1 scoreless innings, and the bullpen combination of Corey Knebel, Joakim Soria, Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress shut the door to give Milwaukee a 2-1 series lead over the defending National League champions.Orlando Arcia and Ryan Braun provided much of the offense with a two-run homer and RBI double, respectively, as the Brewers chased Walker Buehler much like they did Clayton Kershaw in Game 1. Dodgers Aces Folding at Worst Possible TimeKershaw is a generational pitcher with three Cy Youngs, an MVP and five ERA titles on his illustrious resume, but it is no longer a controversial take to say he is inconsistent and unreliable in the playoffs.He allowed five runs (four earned) in a Game 1 loss to the Brewers and gave up a homer to relief pitcher Brandon Woodruff. The poor showing brought his career postseason ERA to 4.26 in 26 appearances compared to an astounding 2.39 mark in the regular season.Los Angeles needs someone without that up-and-down October track record to anchor its staff in the face of World Series-or-bust expectations.That was supposed to be Buehler, who was brilliant in his first full season with a 2.62 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 151 strikeouts in 137.1 innings and looked up for the October pressure with 6.2 shutout innings in the National League West tiebreaker win over the Colorado Rockies.MLB MLBThe Brewers aren鈥檛 messing around in the 1st. 馃憖 #NLCS aUiYjpucrYMLB MLBORLANDO MAGIC. #NLCS jBRawTRq79Liz Habib LizHabibDodgers crowd grows restless .... boo-ing Walker Buehler after that HR in 7I.#NLCS 4kWeJQglbVHowever, the notion of Buehler as the answer to the "who will be the playoff ace" question mark given Kershaw's struggles has come undone. Buehler allowed four earned runs and five hits in seven innings http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-morgan-jersey , with the Aricia homer in the seventh serving as the dagger after he flashed his normal effectiveness early in the game.It was more of the same after the right-hander gave up five runs in five innings in his division series start against the Atlanta Braves.The last thing the Dodgers needed was another concern atop their rotation, but it appears they have one after two straight lackluster showings from Buehler. The only way they are going to outlast Milwaukee's bullpen and match the likes of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole or Chris Sale in a potential World Series is if one or both of their aces figure things out in their next start.If they don't, the Dodgers will fail to lift the Commissioner's Trophy for the 30th straight season.Orlando Arcia Emerging as Postseason Legend for BrewersThere are unlikely playoff heroes in every postseason, and Arcia is emerging as one of the most unlikely in 2018.The Brewers shortstop slashed just .236/.268/.307 with three home runs and 30 RBI in 119 games during the regular season and was sent down to the minor leagues multiple times. He was a weak spot in a lineup otherwise featuring Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and Jesus Aguilar and figured to be someone pitchers would attack in October.So much for that.Zachary quot;Doomquot; Rymer zachrymerOrlando Arcia has as many homers in 6 postseason games as he had in 119 regular season games.Sarah Langs SlangsOnSportsOrlando Arcia in 2018 regular season: 3 HR in 119 gamesOrlando Arcia in 2018 postseason: 3 HR in 6 gamesTom HaudricourtYes, thats the same Orlando Arcia who was sent down twice this year by #Brewers for not hitting. His third postseason HR gives #Brewers 4-0 lead in the seventh.He delivered with four hits and two runs in the National League Central tiebreaker win over the Chicago Cubs, homered in Game 3 of the division series against the Rockies and homered in Game 2 of this series. His long ball in the seventh inning Monday provided much-needed breathing room and alleviated the pressure for a dominant bullpen pitching on the road for the first time in the series.What makes Arcia even more of a legend is the fact that he delivered in close to a must-win game.Bob Nightengale BNightengaleTonight is a game the #Brewers must have if theyre going to knock off the #Dodgers for the #NLCS title. The Brewers have their ace, Jhoulys Chacin, and a rested Josh Hader.Milwaukee lost a 3-0 lead in Game 2 in part because Hader wasn't available after throwing three shutout innings in Game 1. However, the bullpen ace was fresh after Sunday's off day, which is critical since the Brewers haven't received more than 5.2 innings from a starting pitcher in these playoffs.The combination of Hader's availability and Chacin鈥攖he closest thing Milwaukee has to an ace鈥攕tarting made this a monumental swing game for the Brewers with more of Kershaw and Buehler looming later in the series.It is rare Milwaukee's oft-used bullpen is fresh given its approach Dave Concepcion Jersey , and Game 3 was the team's most winnable contest in Los Angeles as a result.The Brewers needed this to ensure their worst-case scenario was going back home facing a 3-2 deficit, and Arcia continued building his blossoming postseason legacy in the face of that pressure.Dodgers Must Bench Grandal in Game 4Ken Gurnick of MLB.com pointed to catcher Yasmani Grandal's defense when describing why he would be the starter in the NLCS:"Unlike last October, when Austin Barnes displaced a slumping Yasmani Grandal behind the plate, Grandal won back the starting job as Barnes struggled offensively all year. Defensively, Grandal's strengths are strike framing and throwing out potential basestealers, and he's cut down on passed balls from last year's league-leading 16 to nine this year."That defense was nowhere to be found Monday when he couldn't block a ball in the dirt and allowed Travis Shaw to score after his sixth-inning triple. He also had a passed ball in the eighth, much to the dismay of the crowd:Molly Knight molly_knightDodger crowd now chanting 鈥淲e want Austin!鈥?As in Barnes, Grandal鈥檚 backup. Holy smokes.Molly Knight molly_knightIf Austin Barnes doesn鈥檛 start tomorrow...I don鈥檛 know, man.Alanna Rizzo alannarizzoThe #Dodgers were 0-for-10 with RISP and left 8 on base.It would be one thing if he were struggling in the field but still hitting, but Grandal was the worst Dodger hitter with runners in scoring position in a game full of issues. He struck out in the second inning with runners on second and third and one out and then again in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and one out and Jeffress struggling.Grandal slammed his bat after the final strikeout, and it was clear the struggles are taking their toll now that he's an ugly 3-of-22 in the playoffs.A day off in Game 4 will allow him to rest and reset before the latter portion of this series. It is a strategy the Dodgers must take because the Grandal on display Monday and throughout the playoffs is helping the opposition more than the defending National League champions.What's Next?Milwaukee has an opportunity to build a commanding 3-1 lead during Tuesday's Game 4 in Dodger Stadium.

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