While the Los Angeles Dodgers have been dominant at home this season, winning 13 of 15 games, they have struggled on the road, dropping six of nine games to this point. They began a seven-game road trip Monday, traveling to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers.
Clayton Kershaw made his sixth start of the season and was opposed by veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse. Joc Pederson led the game off for the Dodgers and quickly put them on the score board, launching his seventh home run of the season to right field. Lohse then settled down, striking out two, only issuing a walk to Adrian Gonzalez in the top half of the first.
With a 1-0 lead to work with, Kershaw looked sharp striking out the side on 13 pitches to complete the first. With one out if the top of the second, the hero of Sunday’s game, Yasmani Grandal, hit a double in the left-center field gap. The Dodgers were unable to advance him though, as Juan Uribe popped up and Kershaw grounded out.
Kershaw continued to impress in the bottom of the second, retiring the side in order and adding another strikeout. He got some help from shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who robbed Martin Maldonado of a hit on a ball in the hole. Lohse also retired the side in order in the top of the third, getting Pederson and Rollins to ground out, and Howie Kendrick to fly out.
The impressive defense continued for the Dodgers in the bottom of the third. This time it was Kershaw helping himself out, fielding a ground ball behind his back and throwing the runner out. With two outs Lohse got the Brewers first hit of the game on a line drive single to center.
Kershaw then appeared to pick Lohse off at first base, but instead was called for a balk by the first base umpire. Kershaw and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly both argued the call, leading to Mattingly being ejected. Kershaw then got Carlos Gomez to groundout to end the inning.
The Dodgers added to their lead in the top of the fourth. Adrian Gonzalez got hit by a pitch to start things off. Andre Ethier then poked a one-out single into left field. That was followed by Grandal’s long RBI single off the center field wall.
CONTINUE READING: Dodgers Add To Lead Before Kershaw And Bullpen Falter