For the second consecutive series against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves in need of a win to avoid being swept.
Dan Haren took the mound with a two-game winning streak and showing some signs of improvement but that sentiment was quickly erased on Sunday. After walking Carlos Gomez to begin the game, Haren surrendered a two-run home run to Jonathan Lucroy.
To capture Haren’s season in one inning, he then struck out the side to end the top of the first. Khris Davis hit a leadoff single in the second and the Brewers put another runner on via an Adrian Gonzalez error.
After Gomez walked to load the bases with two outs, Lucroy hit a bases-clearing double and the Brewers took a 5-0 lead. Justin Turner hit a one-out single in the bottom of the second, which was followed by a Darwin Barney walk.
Nothing came of it however, as Brewers starter Wily Peralta retired the next two batters he faced. Haren ran into more trouble in the third as a Davis double put runners on second and third with one out. Jean Segura’s sacrifice fly extended the Brewers lead to 6-0.
Carlos Frias took the mound in the fourth and gave up a solo home run to Gomez. The Dodgers once again had runners on first and second with one out, but Peralta got out of the fourth without allowing a run to score.
Matt Kemp came to the plate in the bottom of the fifth with two on and two outs and nearly reached on a fly ball to right that Ryan Braun had to fight off the sun in order to catch. Frias retired the Brewers in order in the sixth, including striking out Gomez.
With Marco Estrada on the mound for the Brewers in the eighth, the Dodgers finally managed to get on the board. Andre Ethier, who replaced Adrian Gonzalez at first base, hit a leadoff double to right. Scott Van Slyke followed with a double to center to score Ethier and the Dodgers trailed, 7-1.
Barney added another run on a sun-double to right field and the Dodgers trailed 7-2 at the end of eight innings. Gerrardo Parra snapped a streak of 16 Brewers retired with a one-out double in the ninth. It was all the Brewers would get off Pedro Baez, who gave the Dodgers a sixth inning of scoreless relief.
The Dodgers went away quietly in the ninth and the loss resulted in them getting swept by the Brewers.
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