Gio Gonzalez was named the starting pitcher for Game 4 of the National League Championship Series by Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell.
Milwaukee holds a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series after winning 4-0 in Game 3 on Monday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Counsell said the plan after huddling with pitching coach Derek Johnson and general manager David Stearns was scenario-based, and starting Gonzalez was predicated upon a good start Monday from Jhoulys Chacin.
“We kind of laid out some scenarios, kind of going into (Monday’s game) what the possibilities were for (Game 4),” Counsell said. “And if we got a good start and we’re in good shape, Gio was always going to be the guy.”
Gonzalez was 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in five starts this season for the Brewers, who acquired the left-hander from the Washington Nationals. However, he lasted only two innings in Game 1 before Counsell went to his bullpen.
Wade Miley was named the starter for Game 5 and will oppose Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers on Wednesday. Miley will be on short rest coming off of 5 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 2 on Sunday.