In their sixth game in five days, the Los Angeles Dodgers returned to Camelback Ranch to take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Offseason signee Brandon McCarthy started his first game for his new team.
McCarthy started his Dodger debut by striking out Elian Herrera, but Gerardo Parra hit a single to right field and scored on Carlos Gomez’s double to right-center to put the Brewers ahead 1-0.
A strikeout of Khris Davis was the second out. While a nice leaping catch in short center field by second baseman Justin Turner made for the third out.
Kiké Hernandez led things off for the Dodgers, hitting a long fly ball to the warning track in center, but Carlos Gomez made the catch. A.J. Ellis grounded out to third for the second out. Yasiel Puig hit a hard ball down the middle in what surely would have been a single, but pitcher Mike Fiers stuck out his glove in the air out of instinct and found the ball, making the play and getting the third out at first to end the inning.
Darwin Barney got things going defensively in the top of the second with a nice jumping catch off the bat of Luis Gimenez. Martin Maldonado flied out to Puig in right, and Hunter Morris hit a groundout to second. Brandon McCarthy ended his Dodger debut after 26 pitches, giving up 2 hits and one run.
Justin Turner opened things up in the bottom of the second with a base hit to left field. Scott Van Slyke grounded to short and was the first out on the fielders’ choice, Turner moved over to second. Joc Pederson struck out for the second out. Chris Heisey tried to check his swing but couldn’t do so, striking out for the third out.
Sergio Santos came in to pitch the third inning. Luis Sardinas grounded to Turner for an easy first out. Santos struck out Herrera but the ball got past Ellis after bouncing off his chest protector, Herrera reached first on the late throw. Parra then hit a hard grounder to second base, but Turner made a great diving stop, flipped the ball to Barney with his glove, and Barney made a great throw to first to turn the double play.
Scott Schebler went down swinging for the first out of the bottom third. Barney flied out to Gomez in center for the second out. Hernandez reached first on a four-pitch walk. That walk ended Fiers’ day. Ellis hit a single to left-center off new pitcher Ariel Peña, and Hernandez advanced to third. Puig seemed to have ended the two-out rally when he popped up to right field, but Parra dropped the ball, Hernandez scored from third but Ellis was out at the plate by a long shot. After three innings, the Dodgers were tied at one.
Juan Nicasio was the pitcher for the fourth inning. Gomez flied out to Puig for the first out. Nicasio struck out Khris Davis and Martin Maldonado for a very efficient inning of work.
Brandon Kintzler was on the mound for the Brewers in the bottom of the fourth. Turner promptly flied out to center for the first out. Van Slyke came up and doubled on a full count to the left field wall. Pederson grounded out to first, but he advanced Van Slyke to third with two outs. Heisey squandered his opportunity to put the Dodgers on top as he fouled out to Herrera.
Nicasio was on for a second inning of relied in the fifth frame and Luis Gimenez greeted him with a hard single to left. Hector Gomez sacrificed Gimenez to second. Morris hit a single to center, scoring Gimenez. The deadlock was broken and the Brewers wemt up 2-1. Morris advanced to second on Pederson’s throw to home. Luis Sardinas flied out to Pederson in center. The Brewers left Morris stranded at second as Nicasio struck out Elian Herrera for the third out.
Former Dodger Chris Perez was on the hill for Milwaukee. Schebler grounded out to second, bringing up Barney who was hit by a pitch. Highly touted prospect Corey Seager would come in to pinch-run for Barney. Hernandez flied out to center for the second out. Ellis hit a check swing grounder to Perez who made the play himself to end the fifth inning.
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