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Brewers 6, Dodgers 3: Five-run eighth leads Brewers to win

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Brewers score five in eighth inning to rally for a 6-3 win.

Harry How

WP: Brandon Kintzler (2-3)
LP: Jamey Wright (4-3)
SV: Francisco Rodriguez (37)

HR: None

MVP: Lyle Overbay (+.404)
LVP: Rickie Weeks (-.149)

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Win Expectancy Graph

Hey, Jimmy Nelson got some run support. Too bad he wasn't in the game at the time to fully enjoy it.

The Dodgers started the scoring off tonight in the first inning. Dee Gordon singled to lead off the inning, stole second, and advanced to third on a Jonathan Lucroy throwing error. Yasiel Puig followed that up with an RBI single to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The two would combine again for another run in the fifth inning to increase the lead to 2-0.

The Brewers had their chances against Zack Greinke tonight, but just couldn't take advantage of them. Greinke held the Brewers scoreless, but needed 99 pitches to get through five innings. While he only allowed two hits, the Brewers drew five walks off of him to drive up his pitch count. Greinke also struck out six in the game (which probably further hurt his pitch count in the end).

On the other side, Jimmy Nelson continued his strong pitching. He pitched six innings, allowing two runs, six hits, and a walk. He also had four strikeouts in the game. He only threw 83 pitches, but was lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh inning as the Brewers tried to rally.

After continuing to struggle on offense with Pedro Baez from the bullpen, Jamey Wright came into the game to pitch the eighth. He got Lucroy to ground out to start the inning, but three consecutive singles followed to cut the deficit to 2-1, and a Khris Davis double tied the game at 2-2. After intentionally walking Mark Reynolds, the Brewers went to Rickie Weeks off the bench, and the Dodgers countered with Brandon League. Rickie Weeks struck out, but Ron Roenicke pulled another bench bat in Lyle Overbay. This one struck with a bases-clearing double to give the Brewers a 5-2 lead.

The Dodgers would get a run back in the bottom of the eight on a Matt Kemp sacrifice fly off of Will Smith. The Brewers got the run back in the top of the ninth with a Scooter Gennett RBI single, and Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth inning to seal the win.

The Brewers continue their series against the Dodgers tomorrow night. Yovani Gallardo will face Clayton Kershaw in game two of the series. First pitch is at 8:05 pm.