A promising start tonight turned out to be unsustainable, and the Dodgers pounded out 14 hits and rode a 6 run third inning that chased starter Chase Anderson to their second straight win over Milwaukee. Los Angeles starter Mike Bolsinger was also an early casualty, lasting 2.2 innings and giving up 5 runs on 9 hits. The Dodgers’ pen shut the Brewers down on only 2 hits the rest of the way.
The Brewers started well, scoring in the top of the first when Jonathon Lucroy doubled home Scooter Gennett. Gennett had walked and stolen second. In the second the Crew had 4 straight singles with two down and nobody on, with RBI hits from Villar and Gennett.
Two more crossed home in the fourth, this time with a walk and three singles in succession. Ramon Flores drove in both with a single to right center. That put the Brewers up 5-2 going into the bottom of the third.
Chase Anderson couldn’t hold the lead, though. He had given up a two out RBI double to Adrian Gonzalez in the first and a solo homerun to Howie Kendrick in the second. The wheels totally came off in the third. Justin Turner hit his third homer in two games, a three run shot that tied the score. A two run double by Yasmani Grandal and an RBI hit from relief pitcher Chris Hatcher ballooned the total for the inning to 6, and the Dodgers led 8-5.
Things settled down a bit until the Dodgers sixth, when they found Carlos Torres’ offerings to their liking - the first four hitters he faced had hits, including a lead-off homerun from Joc Pederson. Adrian Gonzalez had his second RBI hit, a single. The Dodgers were in double digits and had doubled up on the Brewers, leading 10-5.
Ryan Braun homered down the rightfield line off of Casey Fien in the seventh, bring the Brewers back within 4, but the Dodgers’ pen shut them down the rest of the way.
The loss dropped the Brewers to 31-39, while the Dodgers improved to 37-33. The final game of this four game set will match the Brewers’ Matt Garza (0-0, 2.25) in his second start of the year against the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda (6-4, 2.75)