The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers will close out the first half of the season over the weekend. Their series began Friday with Mike Bolsinger and Jimmy Nelson facing off at Dodger Stadium for the first in a three-game set.
Gerardo Parra wasted little time as he flied out on the first pitch of the game. Jonathan Lucroy went down swinging, and Ryan Braun hit back to the box in a scoreless first inning of work for Bolsinger. Nelson matched his counterpart’s efforts by retiring the side in order in the bottom half of the inning.
While Bolsinger had his curveball working early, Carlos Gomez got ahold of one and hit it back up the middle for the first hit of the night. With two outs and Gomez still on first, Jean Segura beat out Jimmy Rollins’ throw from deep in the hole. Nothing came of it for the Brewers however, as Scooter Gennett rolled a pitch over to Adrian Gonzalez to end the inning.
Yasmani Grandal drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the first and it was followed by Nelson also putting Yasiel Puig on base as he struggled to find the strike zone. With an opportunity to get the Dodgers a lead, Alex Guerrero got ahead in the count only to end the inning by grounding into a double play.
Following two quick outs in the third, Bolsinger issued a walk to Lucroy. Braun swung at a dropped third strike, which squirted away from Grandal. Braun was originally called safe at first base, but after a challenge by Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, the call was overturned for the third out.
With two outs in the top of the fourth, Justin Turner made a nice backhand play to throw out Aramis Ramirez to end another scoreless inning. Then in the bottom half, Turner lined what looked to be a single up the middle, but Gennett made a nice backhanded stop and throw. Gonzalez drove a pitch to deep center that was caught on the warning track and Nelson had a no-hitter through four innings.
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