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Gio Gonzalez leaves NLCS Game 4 with injury

LOS ANGELES — Gio Gonzalez was never long for Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, with the Brewers planning to go to their bullpen aggressively as they have all postseason. But they didn’t expect to dip into their relief corps as early as they had to.

Gonzalez’s outing ended up even shorter than expected when the Brewers replaced him with Freddy Peralta in the second inning, after Gonzalez appeared to injure his left ankle attempting to field a Yasiel Puig comebacker. Puig led off the second by topping a one-hopper back to the mound, which deflected off Gonzalez’s glove as he leaped to field it. Gonzalez landed awkwardly on his left ankle, then limped after corralling the ball up the third-base line.


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LOS ANGELES — Gio Gonzalez was never long for Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, with the Brewers planning to go to their bullpen aggressively as they have all postseason. But they didn’t expect to dip into their relief corps as early as they had to.

Gonzalez’s outing ended up even shorter than expected when the Brewers replaced him with Freddy Peralta in the second inning, after Gonzalez appeared to injure his left ankle attempting to field a Yasiel Puig comebacker. Puig led off the second by topping a one-hopper back to the mound, which deflected off Gonzalez’s glove as he leaped to field it. Gonzalez landed awkwardly on his left ankle, then limped after corralling the ball up the third-base line.


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It went as an infield single for Puig.

Gonzalez’s reaction prompted a visit from Brewers manager Craig Counsell and head athletic trainer Dan Wright, who initially kept Gonzalez in the game. After the conference, Gonzalez made a pickoff throw to first before delivering a pitch to the next batter, Austin Barnes. Counsell and Wright then emerged again from the dugout to remove Gonzalez, who was visibly upset to leave the game.

The left-hander had labored through an eventful first, walking two and allowing the Dodgers to strike first on an RBI single from Brian Dozier. Gonzalez threw just 10 of his 26 pitches for strikes in the frame. The one-inning outing matched Shaun Marcum’s start in Game 6 of the 2011 NLCS for the shortest in Brewers postseason history.

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.



Source : MLB

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