L.A. struck first in this one in the bottom of the second. On a first pitch fastball right down the middle by Peralta, Corey Seaver crushed a home run over the cameraman in centerfield. The Dodgers had the early lead, 1-0.
The Brewers tied the game in the top of the fourth. Ben Gamel fisted a single to centerfield for a lead off single. Gamel swiped second base to get into scoring position. Gamel advanced to third on a one hopper to first. The Brewers’ top run producer. Orlando Arcia hit a ground ball off the glove of Justin Turner. Gamel scored, and Arcia hustled around first and into second for a double. Arcia would be stranded at second however as Manny Pina and Jace Peterson failed to capitalize.
With the exception of the batting practice fastball to Corey Seager in the second inning, Freddy Peralta was really good for four innings. His new weapon, the slider, had Dodgers’ hitters off-balanced. Craig Counsell wanted to stretch Peralta out for a fifth inning.
Peralta struck out Chris Taylor for his eighth strike out of the game to lead off the fifth. With the shift on, Gavin Lux stayed back on a breaking ball and grounded into the vacated third base spot for a single. Maybe fatiguing, Peralta walked Austin Barnes. With the walk, Counsell lifted Peralta for Bubba Derby.
On Derby’s first pitch, Edwin Rios singled down the first base line, which scored Lux. Tyler White followed with a single to left to score Barnes. Cody Thomas hit the third straight single of the inning to plate Rios. At the end of five innings, the score was 4-1 Dodgers.
Final line for #Brewers Freddy Peralta: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. Second and third runs scored after Peralta was replaced by Bubba Derby.— Jake Rill (@JakeDRill) March 12, 2020
David Phelps took over the sixth inning. He looked pretty good. He struck out two in his scoreless inning. Devin Williams pitched the seventh. He struggled. Williams got the first hitter to fly out to the warning track. Then he could not find the strike zone. He walked the next two hitters. It was deemed to slick and rainy to continue, so Williams got off the hook a bit. Still the Dodgers downed the Brewers, 4-1 as the game was called due to rain.
The Brewers are scheduled to play two games tomorrow. The Brewers will take on the Colorado Rockies at American Family Fields of Phoenix. Jon Gray will pitch for Colorado, and Josh Lindblom will get the ball for the Crew.
Milwaukee will also take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale. Brett Anderson takes the mound for Milwaukee. The starter for Arizona is TBD.