Dodgers sit Grandal for Game 2 after rough night
3:46 PM ET
MILWAUKEE — Yasmani Grandal, coming off a historically bad night behind the plate, wasn’t in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting lineup for Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, paving the way for Austin Barnes to catch Hyun-Jin Ryu on Saturday.
Grandal is 2-for-17 with seven strikeouts in the postseason thus far. On Friday, in a 6-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers from Miller Park, he committed two errors and two passed balls within the first three innings.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he liked the matchup of Barnes batting against Brewers lefty Wade Miley (although he only has four career at-bats against him) and catching Ryu (who has given up only one run in 23 2/3 innings with Barnes behind the plate this season). Grandal is expected to return to the starting lineup for Game 3.
“Yazzie had a tough one last night,” Roberts said, “but it’s not the reason why he’s not in there today.”
The Dodgers made another lineup change in their outfield, starting the right-handed-hitting Yasiel Puig even though he fares far better against righties than lefties. They also sat the slumping Cody Bellinger, giving them two prominent left-handed hitters —