Dodgers Vs. Brewers Recap: Kershaw, Offense Salvage Series

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Coming into today’s matchup, the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped the first two games in the series and with ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound they hoped to salvage a win against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Jimmy Nelson set the Dodgers down in order in the first inning. Kershaw walked Carlos Gomez to start the bottom half of the inning and Ryan Braun singled him home after a stolen base to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead. Matt Kemp singled to lead off the second inning but Nelson retired the side thereafter. Kershaw settled down and threw a scoreless second inning.

The third inning started with a bunt single by Miguel Rojas and Kershaw reached base after getting hit on his foot. Carl Crawford hit a single to load the bases for Adrian Gonzalez, who promptly hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1-1. That was Gonzalez’s 78th RBI of the season and tied him with Giancarlo Stanton for the National League lead. Kershaw did not allow a run in the third.

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the fourth inning after Juan Uribe and Rojas singled, and Kershaw walked but Dee Gordon grounded out to stand the runners. The bottom half of the inning started with a single by Ryan Braun. He would take second on a wild pitch and move to third on a passed ball, but was ruled out on review when Uribe got the tag down.

The Dodgers broke the tie the following inning after Gonzalez doubled and Matt Kemp singled him home right after to make it a 2-1 Dodgers lead. The Brewers would try to respond right away after Rickie Weeks doubled to start the inning and moved to third on a groundout by Mark Reynolds. Jean Segura attempted to squeeze in a run but Kershaw made an outstanding diving catch on the pop up bunt and doubled up Weeks at third.

In the seventh inning the Dodgers would add an insurance run after Gonzalez missed a homerun by inches but ended up with a double driving in Crawford for a 3-1 Dodgers lead. Kershaw continued to throw up zeroes in the bottom half.

The Dodgers would tack on more runs in the eighth after A.J. Ellis hit his first homerun of the season and Kershaw helped his own cause by singling home Rojas to make it a 5-1 lead. Kershaw worked around a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning to make it seven consecutive scoreless innings.

On offense, the Dodgers went down quietly in the top of the ninth. Kenley Jansen took over on the mound for the final inning. Jansen retired the side in order to preserve the Dodger victory.

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