THE LOSING STREAK IS OVER! Take a moment to breath, Brewers fans. The Milwaukee Brewers can, in fact, win.
Milwaukee cruised to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Not only did the Brewers win, but it came against Clayton Kershaw. Up until this point, Kershaw was 4-0 in six games at Miller Park with a 1.39 ERA. To be fair, Kershaw shouldn’t really get the blame for this loss. Of the four runs scored while he was on the mound, only three were earned as LA played some brutally bad defense.
In the first inning, it didn’t seem as thought Milwaukee would be able to put a stop to its seven-game losing streak. Chase Anderson started the game by allowing two runs and throwing more than 40 pitches. Chase rebounded to have a mostly fine start, but the big moment of the game came in the fifth. Chase loaded the bases and was removed with no outs. Craig Counsell brought in rookie Corbin Burnes to get out of the jam.
Burnes got the first out at home plate when a pitch got away from catcher Eric Kratz, but Kratz rebounded and threw to Burnes in time to get the runner coming in from third. Burnes then struck out Matt Kemp and got Max Muncy to lift an easy fly ball to Christian Yelich.
The Brewers finally got to LA in the sixth. Yelich gave Kershaw his only earned run with a solo shot to center. Ryan Braun would then reach base and score on a throwing error by Max Muncy. A Keon Broxton triple would drive home the Brewers fourth and final run of the evening.
After two scoreless innings from Burnes, Milwaukee turned to Josh Hader. Hader threw two scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Moving on...
The ninth innings was exciting as always. Milwaukee turned to Corey Knebel, who allowed two base runners. Given the Crew and Knebel’s recent history, it was an uneasy feeling but thankfully Knebel came through without additional harm and got the save.
Milwaukee closes out the series tomorrow with Brent Suter (8-6, 4.39 ERA) taking the hill against Alex Wood (5-5, 3.92 ERA). First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.