Recap: Kershaw And Dodgers Run Into Trouble Late, Lose To Brewers
Juan Uribe followed that by hitting a line drive to center that was caught by Carlos Gomez, but Ethier was able to tag up and score giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. Kershaw threw a shutdown inning by getting three more groundouts to complete the fourth.
Lohse issued two walks in the top of the fifth to Pederson and Gonzalez, but was able to escape without allowing a run. Kershaw’s dominance continued once again in the bottom of the fifth, as he struck out two and sitting the Brewers down in order.
Neal Cotts took over for Lohse in the top of the sixth. With one out Grandal knocked a base hit to left field for his third hit of the game. Uribe hit a bloop single to center, extending his hitting streak to 13 games, but Cotts struck out Kershaw and Pederson to end the inning.
Kershaw ran into his first bout with trouble in the bottom of the sixth and Hector Gomez hit a leadoff triple. Gerardo Parra followed with an RBI triple, cutting the Brewers’ deficit to 3-1. The Brewers blew an opportunity for a big inning as Parra was thrown out at home plate on a Carlos Gomez grounder to Uribe.
Gomez advanced to second base with two outs on an errant pickoff throw by Kershaw, who ended the inning by getting Braun to chase a pitch in the dirt for his eighth strikeout of the game. Michael Blazek retired Rollins and Kendrick for the first two outs in the seventh before walking Gonzalez.
There wouldn’t be a two-out rally for the Dodgers however, as Scott Van Slyke grounded to third. Kershaw remained locked in and needed just 12 pitches to sit the Brewers down in order. Blazek struck out Ethier in the eighth and became the first Brewers pitcher to solve Grandal on the night, by getting the catcher to hit back to the box.
After Uribe drew a two-out walk Kershaw managed to get ahead in the count before ultimately going down swinging. Having only thrown 76 pitches, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner returned to the mound in the eighth and was stung again by Gomez, who this time hit a one-out solo home run.
Adam Lind pinch-hit for Blazek, doubled to the right-center field gap on a full count and knocked Kershaw out of the game. Chris Hatcher, who didn’t pitch Sunday, came on in relief and promptly gave up a game-tying double to Carlos Gomez.
After taking third on Jason Rogers’ grounder to Rollins, Gomez scored on Braun’s broken-bat infield single to give the Brewers a 4-3 lead. Uribe made a valiant effort and throw, but Braun was ruled safe and the call was upheld on the Dodgers’ challenge.
Francisco Rodriguez faced the top of the Dodgers’ order in the ninth and sat them down in order to earn the save. The loss was the Dodgers’ seventh in 10 road games this season and Kershaw was denied his 100th career win for the third time in 2015.
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