The Los Angles Dodgers were back at Chavez Ravine Friday after going 6-3 on a nine-game road trip. The return home meant another date against his former team for Zack Greinke.
The Milwaukee Brewers made Greinke work in the first inning as he threw 20 pitches, but it didn’t amount to any runs for the visiting team. Meanwhile the Dodgers struck quickly against Jimmy Nelson.
As he’s done so often this season, Dee Gordon reached on an infield single, stole second base and took third on the errant throw. Yasiel Puig gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead with a single to left-center.
Greinke walked Jonathan Lucory in the third inning but also struck out the side with the last victim being Ryan Braun, who drew the ire of Dodger fans. Adrian Gonzalez hit a one-out single in the bottom of the third, but was erased on a Matt Kemp fielder’s choice.
Kemp was nearly picked off first base and managed to dive safely into second base. Carl Crawford was unable to deliver with two outs and Kemp in scoring position, and the Dodgers lead remained 1-0 after three innings.
Greinke retired the first two batters in the fourth inning, then issued three walks to load the bases. The right-hander managed to escape the trouble by getting Nelson looking for his fourth strikeout of the game.
Juan Uribe’s leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth was washed away by an A.J. Ellis double play and the Dodgers got nothing going in the inning. Greinke labored through another inning in the fifth and ended it by striking out Aramis Ramirez.
After Darwin Barney pinch-hit for Greinke and was hit by a pitch, Gordon reached on a fielder’s choice and wreaked havoc on the basepaths. Nelson threw over to first base multiple times but all it did was delay the inevitable as Gordon stole his 56th base of the season.
Puig collected his second RBI of the night with another single and the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead. Pedro Baez, who joined the team in correlation to Hyun-Jin Ryu being placed on the disabled list, took the mound in the sixth and threw two scoreless innings.
The Dodgers were unable to add to their lead in the process and it hurt them with Jamey Wright on the mound in the eighth. Wright was fortunate to catch a line drive at the start of the inning, then struggled mightily.
Braun reached on an infield single, which was then followed by a Ramirez single. Scooter Gennett got the Brewers on the board with an RBI single and Khris Davis tied the game with an RBI double. Wright intentionally walked Mark Reynolds to load the bases with one out and was then replaced by Brandon League.
Pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay hit a three-run double and the Brewers took a 5-2 lead before League could get out of the inning. Puig hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the eighth and advanced to third on a wild pitch with one out.
Kemp’s sacrifice fly to right-center got the Dodgers within 5-3, which is what the score remained at headed to the ninth inning. Lucroy hit a leadoff double off Carlos Frias and scored on Gennett’s one-out RBI single.
Francisco Rodriguez retired the Dodgers in order to complete the Brewers’ come-from-behind, 6-3 victory.
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