Players weekend was a hoot and the Dodgers made it even more of a hoot with an efficient 3-1 win over the Brewers in the series opener on Friday night. The Brewers missed out on a golden opportunity to pick up ground on the Cubs in the NL Central. The Dodgers have won 31 of their last 35 at home and 25 of their last 30 overall. The game ended in a strange way. The last out was called on a failed Milwaukee replay review. That is something that hasn’t happened in quite some time.
Kenta Maeda tossed a quality start, rehabbing from his sixth inning disaster in the Detroit series. Maeda allowed just one earned run on one hit across six impressive frames. Maeda walked two and struck out seven to pick up his twelfth win of the season. His only blemish on the night was a second inning solo blast to Domingo Santana.
Brewers 1 1 0
Dodgers 3 8 0
Maeda’s mound opponent Chase Anderson was done in by excessive pitch count. Anderson made 96 pitches over 5 innings allowing two earned runs on six hits and struck out six. It wasn’t enough for him and the Brewers who had just one hit tonight.
The Dodger bats scored one run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. With the boys in blue own 1-0, Logan Forsythe also known as Logie Bear tied the game with a solo home run that landed just over the wall. That’s just his fourth home run of the season.
In the bottom of the fifth, Justin Turner draws a two-out walk off of Anderson and steals second base. Yasmani Grandal’s base knock up the middle scores Redturn to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the sixth Yasiel Puig A.K.A. the Wild Horse deposited a baseball over the fence in straightaway center field off of Jared Hughes after a nine-pitch at-bat. That put the Dodgers ahead by a 3-1 score.
The Dodgers would leave the bases loaded in that frame. Forsythe would walk and then steal second base. The Brewers challenged and the replay review upheld the safe call. After Enrique popped out, Chase Utley, the silver fox lines out. But Chris Taylor walks and Corey Seager’s infield dribbler loads the bases. Oliver Drake comes in and strikes out Turner to escape the jam. How many times have the Dodgers left the bases loaded over the last week?
The Dodger bullpen took care of business the rest of the way. Southpaw Tony Cingrani tossed a scoreless top of the seventh inning. After a walk to Santana, Stephen Vogt lines into a double play. The star of the night was Josh Ravin who came into the eighth inning and struck out the side blowing away Keon Broxton, Eric Sogard, and Jonathan Villar.
Kenley Jansen also known as “Kenleyfornia” comes into the top of the ninth and immediately whiffs Eric Thames. Neil Walker’s deep drive to left is caught on the run by Enrique Hernandez for the second out. Ryan Braun’s little tapper in front of the plate is originally called safe. However the Dodger’s challenged and Grandal’s throw was just in time to get the final out. The call was overturned and the game ended. The Dodgers win!
The Dodgers are now 91-36 and are 52-14 at home. The Dodgers now have a 21 game lead over Arizona. The series continues on Saturday night. The Dodgers will use a bullpen game…..joy. Ross “chicken strips” stripling will get the start. The Brewers will counter with Zach Davies. Stripling is only expected to make 50 pitches and or 3-4 innings, whichever comes first. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 PM PST.