26 strikeouts, two monster dongs and 12 innings was all the Dodgers needed to muscle past the Brewers 2-1 on Friday evening during the opening game of the weekend set at Miller Park. The Dodgers were certainly feckless offensively entering tonight’s marathon affair. The Dodgers had scored just one run on 8 hits during the final two games of the St. Louis series and were generally feckless through most of tonight. It’s funny seeing some of the fans panicking on twitter during this little mini offensive slump. Trust me we’ve seen the Dodgers more feckless than this. I remember a couple of years ago when the Dodgers went nearly a week without scoring a single run. Two days is nothing.
Thankfully the Dodgers got some fantastic pitching today and two home runs from Yasmani Grandal and Cody Bellinger gave the club a very exciting come from behind win. Clayton Kershaw tossed seven innings and struck out 14 against just one walk while allowing one run on only two hits. He also reached a career milestone striking out his 2,000th career batter. He’s now the second youngest pitcher to reach that milestone in MLB history. Pretty incredible honestly.
Dodgers 2 8 1
Brewers 1 5 1
Unfortunately big right hander Jimmy Nelson matched Kershaw pitch for pitch. He struck out 11 over his eight innings of work. He walked none and allowed 5 hits. The only blemish on Kershaw’s otherwise outstanding night was a seventh inning home run to rookie Domingo Santana. The game started out shaky for Kershaw as he allowed a double to Keon Broxton and walked Eric Thames. After that he would retire the next 20 batters in a row.
With Milwaukee up 1-0 in the top of the eighth, the Dodgers tried to rally but in grand feckless fashion came up empty. Yasiel Puig’s infield single rolled into no-man’s land between the mound and third base. Then Brett Eibner lines a single to put runners on first and second. With Kershaw due up Roberts has Chris Taylor come up to bat.
I have no idea why but Roberts has been bunting a lot of late. Not surprisingly almost every time it ends in failure. So Taylor is not able to get the bunt down instead falling into a two-strike hole before grounding into a force out. It could have been a double play had Villar not bobbled the ball. But don’t worry, the Brewers got their double play alright when Logan forsythe immediately grounded into the aforementioned deuce I was just talking about.
With the Dodgers down 1-0 in the top of the ninth, Milwaukee brings in Corey Knebel to close out the game. After Corey Seager whiffs, Yasmani Grandal blasts a laser shot home run over the right field wall to tie the game. Check it out below. It was majestic!
Adrian Gonzalez doubled as well, but the Dodgers would not get anymore in this frame. After a botched pick-off play and two intentional walks to Cody Bellinger and Puig Eibner whiffs to end the inning.
The game would go on as Pedro Baez tossed two magnificent innings in relief striking out 5. Left hander Grant Dayton Pitches a scoreless inning striking out three. Kenley Jansen is called into the game in the bottom of the eleventh. He strikes out two in that inning and pitches a scoreless frame.
The Dodgers broke through in the top of the twelfth. With veteran Neftali Feliz on the mound for Milwaukee, rookie of the month Cody Bellinger launches a massive second deck home run to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.
Things wouldn’t be easy for the Dodgers and Kenley to hold onto the lead in the bottom of the inning but they did. Kenley whiffs Manny Pina for the first out. Then Villa doubled down the left field line and later steals third base. With just one out and a man at third the Dodger’s infield is forced to come in. Fortunately Kenley blows away Orlando Arcia and then gets Travis Shaw to pop up for the final out of the game.
Before the game Cody Bellinger was named NL rookie of the month for May and Alex Wood was named the NL pitcher of the month. Bellinger drove in 27 runs in May and Wood posted an ERA of 1.27 and struck out 41. Both men are very deserving of their honors.
The Dodger bullpen is fantastic as Kenley has yet to walk a batter in 2017. The Dodgers improve to 34-22 and are currently tied for first place with Colorado at the moment. The Rockies are losing to San Diego so if the Padres hold on and beat them the Dodgers would move back into sole possession of first place in the NL West by a half game.
Kershaw’s 2,000th K