The first two games of the Dodgers/Brewers series were tough, back and forth affairs. Each team had come away with one win.
Mike Bolsinger was set to pitch against Chase Anderson. They are both old friends, and Bolsinger was Best Man at Anderson’s wedding. The big question was, which of the two would be the best man on the mound?
Bolsinger started out in trouble, quickly giving up a run. The Dodgers then repeated their habit of scoring in the first. With two on, Trayce Thompson hit a single up the middle to tie the score. On an ill-advised attempt to score from second, Adrian Gonzalez was thrown out at home for the third out of the inning.
2nd inning Tie score 1-1
Bolsinger gave up another couple of runs to put the Brewers ahead 3-1. At one point Manager Roberts and the trainer went out to the mound to check on Bolsinger to see if he was injured, but he stayed in the game.
Howie Kendrick hit a solo home run in the Dodgers half of the inning.
Third inning Brewers 3-2
The Brewers scored two more to extend their lead to 5-2.
The Dodgers went bonkers in the third inning, scoring six runs – the most in one inning all season. Down 5-2, Justin Turner kept his hot streak going, and slammed a three-run home run to tie the game at five apiece.
With two on, Yasmani Grandal hit a double to left-center and scored two more. 7-2. Turner came up again and had an RBI single. By the time the dust settled, the Dodgers scored one more to make it 8-5.
6th inning Dodgers 8-5
Joc Pederson cranked out a solo home run to make it 9-5. Corey Seager followed with a double. Turner singled him to third. Adrian Gonzalez singled in Pederson. 10-5 – all with no out. That’s how the inning ended.
7th inning Dodgers 10-5
Ryan Braun home run. 10-6
9th inning Dodgers 10-6
Adam Liberatore pitched the final two innings and kept the Brewers scoreless. He struck out the side in the eighth, and went 1,2,3 in the ninth.
On a night that looked like it would be an absolute disaster with an injured Bolsinger (postgame reports said he went out with cramping) and an overtaxed bullpen giving up runs aplenty, the offense stepped up to the challenge. Once again led by Justin Turner’s home run power, the Dodgers rallied and collected 14 hits and 10 runs. Adrian Gonzalez also had a big night.
With the exception of Ryan Braun’s 7th inning home run, the Dodgers’ bullpen (Hatcher, Fien, and Liberatore) settled in and kept the Brewers’ bats quiet. They combined to retire the final nine Brewers in a row.
Mike Bolsinger went 2 2/3 innings with 9 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks, 1 K. ERA 6.83
Home runs: Turner, Kendrick, Pederson
Doubles: Gonzalez, Grandal, Seager
Team with RISP: 6 for 10 A good night!