Dodgers Vs. Brewers Recap: Errors Prove To Cost Too Much
Kyle Lohse took the mound for the Brewers and got right to work, retiring Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig in order. However, Adrian Gonzalez provided a kink in the chain, as he slapped his 29th double of the season off the left field wall. Hanley Ramirez would follow with a 3-2 walk, but both runners would be stranded as Lohse got Matt Kemp to fly out to center.
Miguel Rojas replaced Hanley Ramirez in the bottom of the first inning due to right side tightness. Roberto Hernandez took the mound for the first time in a Dodger uniform and retired Carlos Gomez, but allowed a bloop single to Gerardo Parra and a double to Ryan Braun. Aramis Ramirez followed with a single that scored Parra and put the Brewers on top 1-0. The Brewers pushed their lead to 2-0, as Braun crossed home on a sacrifice fly from Scooter Gennett.
Hernandez began to settle in in the bottom of the third, striking out Gomez for his first career Dodger strikeout. He then got Parra to fly out and Braun to ground out, retiring the last seven batters in a row. He continued his momentum, as he pushed his consecutive batters retired streak to 14 in a row.
The Dodgers got on the board in the top of the sixth inning off a monster home run by Gonzalez that reached the upper deck in right-center field. Gonzalez’s 17th dinger of the season brought the score to 2-1. Kemp slapped a one-out double down the left-field line, then moved from second to third on a groundout by Crawford. Uribe reached first after being victim to some literal chin music after being scraped on the face by a Lohse fastball. The Dodgers left runners at the corners, as Drew Butera dribbled a weak ground ball back to Lohse for the third out of the inning.
Hernandez remained untouchable, as he retired 17 batters in a row.
Justin Turner pinch-hit for Hernandez in the top of the seventh. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke countered with a move of his own by replacing Lohse with right-hander Rob Wooten. Manager Don Mattingly won the battle of replacements as Turner promptly singled to right field on the first pitch from Wooten. Roenicke played the match-ups with Gordon due up next — despite him having a higher batting average against lefties — and sent left-handed reliever Zach Duke to the hill. Gordon chopped a ground ball to shortstop, but the Brewers were unable to turn the double play due to Gordon’s speed. Gordon advanced to second on a wild-pitch from Duke to set up an RBI opportunity for Puig, who drew a walk. Gonzalez followed with an RBI single to right that scored Gordon, tying the game at 2-2.
Roenicke made his third pitching change of the inning, sending out right-hander Jeremy Jeffress to the mound. Mattingly countered once again, pinch-hitting Andre Ethier for Rojas. Ethier knocked in Puig on an infield single, taking the lead 3-2. Elian Herrera bailed Jeffress out of a jam by making a highlight-reel catch on a line drive off the bat of Kemp. He flipped the ball to Gennett at second, doubling off Gonzalez at second and ending the inning.
Jamey Wright entered the game in the bottom of the seventh inning and immediately received some defensive help. Turner topped Herrera’s defensive play by making a highlight reel play of his own, snagging a line drive off the bat of Ramirez.
Rickie Weeks pinch-hit for Gennett after Mattingly turned to reliable reliever J.P. Howell. Weeks worked a one-out walk. The power hitting, but strikeout prone, Ryan Reynolds hit next in place of Lyle Overbay to set up a lefty-righty matchup. Mattingly made another move to the bullpen, sending Brandon League on to face Reynolds.
Reynolds reached on a Turner error and set up runners at first and third with one out. Martin Maldanado stepped to the plate and successfully laid down a safety squeeze. A glove flip by League was wide, and the Brewers tied the game at 3-3.
League retired Herrera, but pinch-hitter Khrys Davis reached on Turner’s second error of the inning. Turner’s poor defensive play had yet to conclude, as he made a throwing error on a chopping ground ball off the bat of Gomez. His third error of the inning resulted in the second run of the inning, giving the Brewers a 4-3 lead. Parra followed with a two-run single, pushing the lead to 6-3. The Dodger got out of the inning on a cut-off throw to nail Gomez in a rundown between second and third.
The Dodgers would not answer in the top of the eighth inning, as they went down in order. Carlos Frias entered the game and walked Braun on four pitches before giving up a single to Ramirez. Weeks followed with a three-run blast off a hanging slider from Frias, widening the score to 9-3.
In the top of the ninth, the Dodgers went down in order on three consecutive groundouts to fall, 9-3.
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