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Wasting Opportunity in LA: Dodgers 3, Brewers 2 in 10 innings

WP: Pedro Baez (1-2) LP: Jeremy Jeffress (1-2) Save - none Homeruns: Dodgers, Justin Turner 2 (8); Brewers, none

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers
Turner’s 8th inning homer ties game at 2
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted the Milwaukee Brewers in ten innings, 3-2. The winning run scored on a bases loaded single by Justin Turner. Turner provided all three Dodger runs with homeruns in the first off of Zach Davies and in the eighth, tying the game, with a two out homer off of Tyler Thornburg.

Both starting pitchers had their good stuff. Julio Uries went five innings for the Dodgers, allowing no runs on 5 hits and a walk. He struck out 8. Zach Davies turned in another fine start for the Brewers, finishing with seven innings of 5 hit ball, striking out 6. Davies walked 1 and hit a batter. Turner’s two out first inning shot to left was the difference into the top of the sixth.

Milwaukee celebrated Uries’ exit by greeting reliever Louis Coleman with back to back doubles from Ryan Braun and Jonathon Lucroy to tie things up at one. Carter followed with a sharp single to left that moved Lucroy to third, but Hernan Perez struck out on 3 pitches.

Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts brought in lefty Adam Libertore to face lefty Scooter Gennett, and Gennett foiled the strategy with a two strike double down the leftfield line. Lucroy scored to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.

The game was another in this seasons string of frustrating missed opportunities for the Brewers. Other than that sixth inning, the Brewers went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position, striking out 6 times. They struck out 16 times for the game. Scooter Gennett had 3 hits, all off of left handed pitching, and Ryan Braun also had 3 hits. Jonathon Lucroy had 2.

The bottom of the tenth saw the Brewers opt to walk the bases loaded to set up a force at home plate after a lead off double by Max Venable and a sacrifice. Unfortunately, walking Chase Utley and Corey Seager brought up Turner. Turner had hit off speed pitches for his two homeruns, and Jeremy Jeffress had gotten ahead of him with fastballs for a two strike count. Another off speed pitch was drilled to left for the game winning hit.

Tomorrow night the Brewers (31-38) send Chase Anderson (4-6, 4.42) out to face the Dodgers’ (37-33) Mike Balsinger (1-4, 5.76).