The Milwaukee Brewers arrived at Dodger Stadium on Friday night for the start of a three-game series with a 37-51 record, but as a dangerous club who had played well recently, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
With only three more games between the Dodgers and the All-Star break, Mattingly hoped his team could continue to push through the final stretch of games rather than letting off the gas prematurely. The Dodgers went out and had a come-from-behind win Friday, but lost Saturday’s contest in a quiet offensive performance.
The Dodgers bats had much more life Sunday, tying the game in the first inning behind a Justin Turner RBI single. However, the Brewers added a pair of runs in the third and fourth, and carried a 3-2 lead entering the bottom of the eighth inning.
After giving up a leadoff single to Howie Kendrick, Jeremy Jeffress was replaced by left-hander Will Smith. The decision to have him face Adrian Gonzalez didn’t pay off for the Brewers, as the Dodgers’ All-Star first baseman got just enough of a swing for a two-run home run that proved to be the decided advantage.