WP: Josh Hader (4-0); LP: Kenta Maeta (7-6); Save: none; Home runs: Mil - Eric Thames (14); LA - Manny Machado (26)
A Box Score!...better late than never
The Brewers looked like they were going to break out to a nice lead in the top of the first with a run in and the bases loaded with nobody out, but they didn’t plate any more. Christian Yelich started the inning with a double to the gap, Mike Moustakas walked, and Lorenzo Cain singled sharply to center...so sharply that Yelich had to hold at third.
Travis Shaw singled in Yeli, but again it was station to station. Ryan Braun fouled off two or three sliders down the middle before striking out; Eric Thames popped out, and Manny Pina flew out to left.
So after giving up four straight baserunners, Dodger starter Kenta Maeta settled down and retired eight straight, but with two down in the top of the third he walked Shaw. Braun dribbled a single into the hole between second and first, and Thames crushed an opposite field three-run blast to up the Milwaukee lead to 4-0.
Brewers’ starter Freddy Peralta battled the Dodgers and himself through four innings, allowing three hits (including a double and triple) and four walks, but just one run. LA stranded seven runners in Freddy’s four innings, and he also hit a batter while striking out six.
Josh Hader worked a scoreless fifth and sixth, walking one in each inning while striking out three. Joakim Soria had his second scoreless appearance in the seventh, but it was tense. A leadoff walk and a one out single gave the Dodgers two chances at a game tying home run, but Soria struck out Cody Bellinger and got a popout from Chris Taylor to short to end the inning.
The Brewers added an insurance run in the top of the eighth on a triple to center by Manny Pina (no, really!) and a pinch single by Jesus Aguilar - a pop-up down the firstbase line that nobody could get to. 5-1 Crew.
Jeremy Jeffress had Milwaukee’s only three-up, three-down inning in the eighth with two K’s, and Corey Knebel took the ninth in a non-save situation. Manny Machado hit a one-out home run to center, but Corey got the other three out with one strikeout.
- There was a 23 minute delay between the first and second innings when a power surge shut down the lights at Dodger Stadium.
- Thames had the big blast (the three run homer) but he just missed a grand slam in the top of the first when his line drive down the rightfield line just curved foul.
- Cain reached on a throwing error by Manny Machado in the top of the seventh - the throw was high and pulled Max Muncy off the bag. Muncy’s attempt at a tag clearly missed, but the Dodgers had nothing to lose with a challenge at that point, so they did. Inexplicably, the call was overturned on the appeal.
- Shaw had three singles and a walk in five plate appearances, but in his final at bat he fouled a ball directly off of his knee. Shaw finished the at bat, but Hernan Perez took over at second
- Los Angeles had only five hits tonight, yet still managed to leave eleven on base. The Brewers walked seven and hit a batter.
Tomorrow night’s game two of the four game series has Wade Miley (1-1, 2.01) on the bump for Milwaukee and Walker Buehler (4-3, 3.92) going for Los Angeles.