WP: Kenley Jenson (3-0); LP: Neftali Feliz (1-5); Save: none; Homeruns: LA - Yasmani Grandal (6), Corey Bellinger (12); Mil - Domingo Santana (9)
If I didn’t have to write this recap, I would have no words. In twelve innings, the Brewers only hit into ten outs. The rest of the outs were strikeouts. Domingo Santana provided the only Brewer run on a seventh inning home run off of Dodger starter Clayton Kershaw.
The Dodgers weren’t a heck of a lot better, but they were better enough. Brewer closer Corey Knebel allowed his second ninth inning homer to blow a save, a no-doubter with one out by Yasmani Grandal, and erstwhile closer Neftali Feliz continued his nightmare season by allowing the game winning homer to Dodger rookie Cody Bellinger leading off the twelfth. The Dodgers went down on strikes 16 times, meaning that they had 20 outs on batted balls.
Jimmy Nelson pitched a great game for Milwaukee, leaving with a 1-0 lead after eight innings, allowing five hits and walking none, fanning 11. Starts like this need to result in wins. They absolutely must. Nelson out-dueled Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw was absolutely dominant. He gave up a lead-off double on his first pitch to Keon Broxton and walked Eric Thames. He then retired the next twenty, striking out thirteen, before Santana’s homer. He then struck out the last batter he faced before being relieved for the eighth.
The Brewers struck out one time in the sixth. They had at least two in EVERY OTHER INNING. Just for grins, I’ll close with a nice list of the Brewers and all of their strikeouts in all of their glory:
- Jesus Aguilar - 4 ( a HBP in the eleventh prevented a fifth); Golden Sombrero
- Jonathan Villar - 4; Golden Sombrero (a double in the 12th!)
- Keon Broxton - 3
- Hernan Perez - 3
- Manny Pina - 3
- Domingo Santana - 2
- Orlando Arcia - 2
- Jimmy Nelson - 2
- Travis Shaw - 2
- Eric Thames - 1
Congrats to Eric Sogard. He pinch hit in the eleventh and fouled out to the second baseman down the first base line. Eric was the only player that batted for Milwaukee who did not notch a strikeout.
The Brewers get another shot at putting the ball in play tomorrow night The Dodgers (34-22) will start Rich Hill (2-2, 4.09) against the Brewers’ (29-26) Matt Garza (2-2, 3.98). Game time is 3:10, and will be broadcast on FSWisconsin.