After a six-game, .500 road trip, the Dodgers returned to Chavez Ravine (and Vin Scully) to take on the Brewers. Chase Utley returned to the lead off spot, Will Venable started in right field, and Scott Kazmir took the mound, with Yasmani Grandal as his battery mate.
We’ll pick up the action in the top of the third, where as Vinny said, “Kazmir has been in trouble since the national anthem. ”
After a one-out double steal, Jonathon Lucroy hit a double into the right field corner that scored two. 2-0
Another double and a sac fly brought in another run. 3-0
Finally, the damage was done, and Kazmir stood at 75 pitches through just three innings.
Their best chance of the night. Two on and two out for Trayce Thompson.
KA- BOOOOOOOM!! A three run home run for Trayce! 3-3
4th inning Tie score 3-3
Casey Fien in for the Dodgers. He immediately gave up a home run to give the Brewers back the lead. 4-3
That wasn’t enough, because Fien then gave up a two-run homer. 6-3
6th inning Brewers 6-3
Howie Kendrick blooped a single into left-center, which was booted by Broxton to give him an extra base. In the meantime, Trayce Thompson scored from second on the hit. 6-4
The same thing happened for Joc Pederson! Single, error advancing him to second, and an RBI. 6-5
A wild pitch then advanced Pederson to third.
Justin Turner with a sac fly to tie the game at 6-6.
8th inning Tie score 6-6
Pedro Baez in to pitch. 1,2,3 inning.
Baez stayed in and gave up a single and home run to give the lead back to the Brewers. 8-6
With two out, Justin Turner hit a single.
A.J. Ellis hit for Baez, and he blooped a single.
Chase Utley was HBP to load the bases!
Clayton Kershaw came in to pinch run for Ellis at second.
The mighty Corey Seager struck out to end the game.
Dodgers lose 8-6
Scott Kazmir was never really in control. He wasn’t walking many, but he wasn’t hitting his spots, and he was definitely leaving too many fat pitches in the Brewers’ hot zones. His pitch count escalated far too quickly, and he was gone after only three innings.
Casey Fien, who started out strong when he debuted, has slowly been deteriorating as an effective reliever, and tonight was his worst outing so far. He gave up three fast runs as well.
Luckily, the Brewers are worse than the Dodgers, so they eventually committed enough errors to cough up their lead and let the Dodgers back into the game. Twice.
Unfortunately, in the battle of “whose bullpen is worse?”, the Dodgers lost when Pedro Baez couldn’t string together two good innings. He gave up a ninth inning, two-run, home run that was the death blow for the Dodgers.
The Brewers still sucked enough to allow a two-out mini-rally to give the Dodgers some hope in the bottom of the ninth, but young Corey Seager struck out to end the game. Maybe next time.
Scott Kazmir went 4 innings with 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 8 Ks. ERA 4.64
Double: Trayce Thompson
Home run: Trayce Thompson
Team with RISP: 3 for 6