Win: Wily Peralta (15-7)
Loss: Dan Haren (10-10)
HR: Jonathan Lucroy (13), Carlos Gomez (20)
The Dodgers entered this series with the best record in the National League. The Brewers exited this series with a better record than the Dodgers and a chance to have the best record in the N.L. if the Nationals lose to the Pirates.
Coming in with the team having to face Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Dan Haren, one could be forgiven if they thought the Brewers might lose the series. Particularly with it taking place in Los Angeles a week after the Brewers took two of three in Milwaukee. Instead, however, the Brewers went ahead and just swept the most expensive team in baseball.
Sunday's game was pretty well decided early on. Milwaukee scored all seven of their runs in the first four innings. The first two came in the first when Jonathan Lucroy homered to also bring in Carlos Gomez, who had previously walked.
Three more came in the second. With Khris Davis on first and one out, Adrian Gonzalez failed to bring in a catch on a Jean Segura hit which allowed both runners to reach safely. A WIly Peralta pop-up was out two, then Carlos Gomez drew his second straight walk to load the bases. Davis-Segura-Gomez represent a fair amount of speed on the bases, so it's no surprise that all three came in to score on a Jonathan Lucroy double that was feet from being a second home run. Lucroy would finish the day 2-5 with five RBI and a run scored.
Another run came in on a sac fly in the third, then the seventh run on Carlos Gomez's home run. That would be the last Brewers' hit until the ninth inning when Gerardo Parra doubled.
The Brewers didn't need any more though. Wily Peralta pitched six strong innings, shutting out the Dodgers on five hits and three walks. He also struck out five. Marco Estrada (aided by some poor defense in right field from Elian Herrera) gave up a pair of runs, but that was all the Dodgers could manage.
Jeremy Jeffress pitched a perfect ninth to finish up the game.
Milwaukee gets a nice little two-game series in Miller Park against the Blue Jays, next. But first, they'll take Monday off to rest up for a big stretch run as, potentially, the best team in the National League.