Pederson Hits 2 Home Runs, Wieland Struggles Early In Dodgers Loss

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After Zack Greinke put together another strong performance that resulted in a comeback win for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Joe Wieland took the mound with the Dodgers looking for a second straight win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Wednesday marked Wieland’s Dodgers debut after coming to the team along with Yasmani Grandal in an offseason trade.

As for the Brewers, Wily Peralta looked to get his first win of the year after going 0-4 in his first five outings. He got off to a good start after striking out two out of three Dodgers in the first. Wieland, however, began his night roughly. Carlos Gomez hit a leadoff single and it was followed by Scooter Gennett hitting a two-run home run.

Wieland then walked Ryan Braun before surrendering his second two-run homer in the inning. Wieland walked Jean Segura with one out and the Brewers shortstop later stole second base. Segura came around to score on Martin Maldonado’s RBI single to extend the Brewers lead to 5-0 before Wieland could get out of the innning.

Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner had the Dodgers in business after opening the second with back-to-back singles. Instead of bringing anyone home, Andre Ethier struck out and Scott Van Slyke hit into an inning-ending double play. Wieland’s second inning was much easier as he need just seven pitches to retire the Brewers in order.

The third began with A.J. Ellis beating out a throw to reach first and he was moved over to second on a Wieland sacrifice bunt. Again, the Dodgers failed to bring in the runner from second. Joc Pederson popped up on the first pitch he saw and Jimmy Rollins grounded out to end the inning.

Wieland again threw seven pitches in the third for another scoreless inning, capped off by striking out Khris Davis on three fastballs. The Dodgers finally got on the scoreboard on the fourth with some luck working in their favor.

Turner hit what should’ve been a double play to end the inning, however Segura dropped the ball on transfer, which resulted in a force out at second base. Ethier then grounded to Segura, whose throw got past Lind at first. Turner took advantage of the error and kept running the bases to come around and score as the Brewers recovered the ball.

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