The Los Angeles Dodgers returned to Chavez Ravine on the heels of completing a nine-game road trip with a 6-3 record and the opportunity to face the team that gave them the most trouble during the stretch.
The Milwaukee Brewers took two of three from the Dodgers last week with the Boys in Blue needing a strong performance from Clayton Kershaw in the series finale to avoid being swept. Over the weekend series at Dodger Stadium, it was the Brewers who appeared to be at home as they swept the Dodgers — winning games Zack Greinke and Kershaw started — along the way.
Following Sunday’s loss, manager Don Mattingly said he was disappointed with the outcome, via Michael Lananna of MLB.com:
I’m disappointed,” manager Don Mattingly said. “I think we come in off the road trip feeling pretty good. The only team that got us on the road was these guys. And they came in here and got us good again.
During the three-game series, the Dodgers were outscored 16-7. Mattingly added the Brewers were the better team:
In a sense, they kind of just came in here and said, ‘We think we’re better than you.’ And for these three games they were.”
The home losses dropped the Dodgers to .500 in games played at Chavez Ravine. Sunday was also the final game of a 20-day stretch where the Dodgers were on the field each day. The sweep is the first the Dodgers have suffered the entire season and their division lead has now dwindled to 3.5 games.
As for the best record in the National League, the Dodgers fell one game behind the first-place Washington Nationals. The Dodgers have proven to be a formidable road team this season, but Adrian Gonzalez called securing home-field advantage in the playoffs a priority.
Next up for the Dodgers are series against the San Diego Padres, New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks. Along with not playing Monday, the Dodgers have upcoming off-days on Aug. 25 and 28. The stretch of sub-.500 opponents ends Sept. 1 when the Nationals come to Los Angeles for a three-game series.
The date is also relevant as it’s when active rosters can expand to 40 men, which for the Dodgers may mean the arrival of Alex Guerrero and Joc Pederson.
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