Dodgers Postgame: Andrew Heaney & LA Bats Falter in Milwaukee
The Dodgers were vying for a series win on Thursday against the Brewers with Heaney on the mound. After splitting the first two games of the series, LA won a nail bitter on Wednesday thanks to the superb pitching of Tony Gonsolin and a pair of home runs from Max Muncy and Austin Barnes in a 2-1 win. On Thursday, the offense struggled to put up runs on reigning NL Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes and Andrew Heaney got bit by the long ball.
Heaney Gives Up Trio of Longballs
Lefty Andrew Heaney recorded the first three outs of the game via the strikeout, and it set the tone for a 10-strikeout outing. Unfortunately, the 10 strikeouts from Heaney also came with three home runs, two of which came off the bat of former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen.
In the bottom of the fifth, Heaney struck out McCutchen, but the inning continued after catcher Will Smith failed to catch the ball. Hunter Renfroe, the very next hitter, launched a two-run shot to center field to push the Brewers lead to 5-0.
Dodgers Bats Struggle Early vs Burnes
There’s a reason Corbin Burnes is one of the best starters in baseball. Burnes cruised through the first five innings before a Trea Turner and Freddie Freeman led rally in the top of the sixth to cut the Brewers lead to 5-3. In the inning, Gavin Lux nearly had a three-run home run that Tyrone Taylor miraculously kept in the yard to limit Lux to a triple. The next batter, Joey Gallo, walked, but Chris Taylor struck out to end the rally.
Taylor Rogers, Matt Bush, and closer Devin Williams didn’t give up a single hit in the final three innings to down the Dodgers 5-3.
The Dodgers finish their seven-game road trip with a 4-3 record and will head home for a three-game series against the Marlins. Starter Dustin May will be taking the mound for the Dodgers for the first time in nearly 18 months on Saturday. Tyler Anderson gets the nod on Friday, with Ryan Pepiot starting the final game of the series on Sunday.
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