On Friday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Milwaukee Brewers in one of baseball’s marquee early-season match-ups. Of course, it’s a rematch of the 2018 NLCS; and the Brewers played like they had a major chip on their shoulder.

While the Dodgers displayed a fighting spirit, the Brewers just had more in the tank. Let’s recap how the 8-5 loss unfolded below.

The Offense:

Corey Seager surprised a few folks by talking his way into the starting lineup. What’s more, Seager got the Dodgers on the board with his second home run of the season to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Of course, the Dodgers’ offense wasn’t done hitting long balls there. Cody Bellinger gave his team a 3-2 lead with his 8th home run of the young season – a 412 foot shot to Bellinger land in right off Corbin Burnes. Equally important, Bellinger added a single and steal to his impressive resume of stats thus far in 2019.

The Brewers would reclaim the lead at 4-3 with a Hernan Perez home run. However, the Dodgers struck right back with another long ball of their own. Joc Pederson hit his fifth home run of the young season to give Los Angeles a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the 4th.

Yasmani Grandal made his return to Dodger Stadium, and seemed to relish in torturing his old mates. First, he got the Brewers on the board with an infield single in the first inning. Then came the biggest turning point of Friday evening’s game. Grandal caught a Urias pitch and sent it into the left field pavilion.

For Milwaukee, the bullpen served as a nice elixir for an ineffective Burnes; who allowed five runs to the Dodgers. Indeed, the guy everyone didn’t want to see in Josh Hader got the ball in the bottom of the 8th with the responsibility of closing out a 7-5 game. Typically, that means trouble for the opposition. However, on this night the Dodgers had more fight left in them.

First, David Freese pinch-hit and doubled to left. Next – following an Austin Barnes pop out – Chris Taylor blooped a single to center. Then, Max Muncy pinch-hit and struck out on a full count pitch after an incredible at-bat. High-drama was set up with Seager, drew a full-count walk.

Los Angeles worked Hader hard – but after loading the bases – Justin Turner struck out on a slider to end the 8th.

Indeed, Hader retired Bellinger on a fly-out for the first out in the bottom of the ninth. Finally, Milwaukee turned things over to Alex Wilson for the final two outs.

The Pitching:

Julio Urias made his third start of the season – and for the second straight outing – the results were not spectacular. While Urias displayed a powerful fastball, he didn’t seem to be able to put away hitters. On 87 pitches, he surrendered six runs, five of which were earned within his five innings of work. Urias managed four strikeouts to one walk, but allowed game-swinging home runs to Hernan Perez and Grandal. He was pulled from the game with the Dodgers trailing 6-5, and seemingly no matter how many times his offense picked him up with a big swing; he could not hang a zero in the following frame.

Better work will be needed from Urias for him to remain in the Dodgers’ rotation.

Next, he was relieved by Joe Kelly who followed an initial scoreless inning of work by allowing an RBI double to Jesus Aguilar to make the score 7-5.

Scott Alexander entered in a tough spot in the top of the seventh in relief of Kelly. After allowing a single, he induced an inning-ending double play.

Dylan Floro was tasked with the 8th inning for Los Angeles. Floro continued his great work by firing a scoreless inning, and now hasn’t allowed a run in 9 and 1/3 innings this season.

Kenley Jansen took the top of the 9th for the Dodgers and allowed an earned run to bring the score to 8-5.

What’s Next?

The Dodgers continue game two of the series with the Brewers on Saturday night at 6:10. And let’s not forget, it’s Cody Bellinger bobblehead night! While the Brewers will use right-hander Zach Davies, the Dodgers have not announced a starter at press-time of this post. What this means is the Dodgers could elect to go with a bullpen game in game two of the series. Somehow – a Dodgers team that began the year 6-2 is now sitting at 8-7 on the year and risk falling to .500 with another loss.

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