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Zach Davies pitches 7 strong innings, offense backs him up in Brewers 4-1 win

Mike Moustakas and Orlando Arcia each hit home runs to back up Zach Davies’ seven innings of one-run ball.

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

WP: Zach Davies (2-0
LP: Caleb Ferguson (0-1)
SV: Junior Guerra (1)

HR: Mike Moustakas (5), Orlando Arcia (3), Cody Bellinger (9)

Box Score

Zach Davies has been pitching well to start this season, and that continued into tonight’s start. He pitched seven innings today, allowing just one run as the Brewers offense got to the Dodgers bullpen, putting together a 4-1 win.

The Dodgers chose to go with a bullpen game today, leading off with Caleb Ferguson. He took the first 2 23 innings in the game, and the Brewers got a run off him in the second with Mike Moustakas’ fifth home run of the season. Dennis Santana took the next 1 13 innings. Orlando Arcia got a home run off of him in the fourth to increase the Brewers lead to 2-0. Cody Bellinger then homered in the bottom of the inning to make it a 2-1 game.

The Brewers then increased their lead in the fifth off of Santana. Yasmani Grandal led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch, and Mike Moustakas singled to put two runners on. Jesus Aguilar followed that with a walk to load the bases. After a mound visit, Travis Shaw came up and hit a ball down the right field line that deflected off first baseman Max Muncy’s glove. That scored Grandal and Moustakas, increasing the Brewers lead to 4-1.

That was more than enough to support Zach Davies today. He pitched seven innings tototal, allowing just that home run to Cody Bellinger. While he did allow a total of eight hits in the game, he also struck out six and did not walk anyone. His ERA on the season is now at 1.53, with just three earned runs allowed (five total) in 17.2 innings this season.

Ysmani Grandal, Mike Moustakas, and Travis Shaw each had two hit days for the Brewers, and Jesus Aguilar also reached base three times with a hit and two walks. Every starter (including Davies) except one each reached base at least once, with Christian Yelich the only starter to not reach base, going 0-for-5 on the day.

Junior Guerra got the last two innings of the game, keeping the Brewers bullpen rested for another day. He pitched two perfect innings to close out the game and get his first save of the season.

The Brewers will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon in Los Angeles. Jhoulys Chacin will face Ross Stripling in the third game of the series. First pitch is at 3:10 pm.