In their 8-3 win, the fighting-for-their-division Dodgers flatly outmatched the intensity of the Brewers, who are just trying to stay healthy and fresh for their already-scheduled NLDS against Atlanta.
The Brewers did start the scoring in the first inning, though. Willy Adames worked a one-out walk, then advanced to third on an Eduardo Escobar double. Christian Yelich grounded out, scoring Adames in the process.
The Dodgers answered right back in their half of the first. Cy Young candidate Corbin Burnes collected two outs, then gave up a weak contact single, uncharacteristically walked a batter, and gave up a three-run home run to Justin Turner. The knock put the Dodgers up 3-1.
Burnes looked more like himself in a 1-2-3 second inning, but as planned, Craig Counsell held him to a short start, which happened to be just two innings. Burnes allowed two hits, three earned runs, walked one, and struck out four across the two innings.
Despite the three-run blast, Burnes exited with a league-best 2.43 ERA. The only way that Burnes doesn't win the ERA title is if Max Scherzer gets the ball in a game 163 and improves on his own already spectacular ERA.
The Dodgers resumed the scoring in the fourth inning against minor-league depth call-up Colin Rea, who provided a valiant inning-eating appearance to save the bullpen in this game of little consequence.
Rea would allow seven hits, five (earned) runs, strikeout five, and allow two home runs. More importantly, he would field seven innings of a game whose outcome didn’t matter, saving the Brewers’ bullpen for more important appearances on the horizon. While Willy Adames and Eduardo Escobar performed better, Rea was, in a sense, the most valuable contributor to the contest by allowing the bullpen to rest.
Max Muncy and Justin Turner opened the inning with singles before Muncy scored on a Will Smith sac fly. AJ Pollock smacked a 2-run homer to bring the Dodgers up 6-1. Corey Seager tacked another home run in the fifth to bring the Dodgers up 7-1.
In the eighth, the Brewers surrendered another run to a couple of bad-luck doubles to bring the Dodgers up 8-1. The first was a Trea Turner foul-line line drive to left, and the second was an at-the-wall fly ball that Tyrone Taylor just missed after catching his glove under the padding of the right field fence.
Meanwhile, the Brewers' offense was silent. Sixteen Brewers sat in order, only interrupted by a Willy Adames walk in the sixth. No other Brewers reached base until Adames came to bat again in the ninth and hit a home run to bring the score to 8-2, Dodgers.
There's always time to enjoy a homer from Adames. pic.twitter.com/m9AIa4vYpL— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) October 3, 2021
Eduardo Escobar hit another double (the milestone hit was the thousandth of his career) and came around to score on a Tyrone Taylor single to bring the Brewers within a distant striking distance with one out.
Make it 1,000!— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) October 3, 2021
Congrats to @escobardelapica on his 1,000th career hit.#ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/NkDYlqjIYG
With Yelich at second after a walk and Taylor on first, it looked like the Brewers could put together a rally, but it was quickly extinguished when Lorenzo Cain grounded into a double play that ended the inning and the game.
The Brewers have yet to announce their starter in tomorrow afternoon’s season finale at Dodger Stadium.