LOS ANGELES – The Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers did not just play a baseball game Friday night. Instead, they engaged in an early and lively Home Run Derby competition.
The Dodgers won the long-ball battle, three-on-two, but the Brewers defeated the game at 8-5 and had a series of three straight losses – all on the first stop of the Angels trip to Anaheim.
"The offense has done a good job to keep coming back," said manager Craig Counsell. "And the office did a great job.To be honest with you tonight you were lucky enough to be a low score game, but both offensives did a good job against the young starters. we passed them rather quickly. "
It was Los Angeles' fifth consecutive loss, having just won a four-game sweep in St. Louis. The last two outs were earned by Alex Wilson after the Dodgers fought a third of a run against Josh Hader, bringing his total to 38.
"They did a great job, they did (Hader) a job," Counsell said. "Give them credit for making him work." He had to go into his arsenal and use whatever he had – he put zeros – that's the big deal. "
The Dodgers' three home runs were won by Brewers striker Corbin Burnes, continuing a disturbing trend. In his three starts, Burnes (10.05 ERA) allocated three circuits, an alarming rate, a reduced sample size or not. The nine home runs resulted in only 14 1/3 innings, a rate of 5.65 for nine innings.
The Dodgers' three home runs were marked by fast balls, scoring eight out of nine home runs in this game against Burnes.
"We need to keep working on this problem and find solutions," Counsell said. "We have to find a way to keep the ball in the park because it's a tough way to pitch.
"I'm not worried about his rebound, I'm not worried at all, at this level, the mistakes of the fastball hurt him and he pays the price." that we must evaluate and make sure we're doing a pretty good job with.
"He's going to get there, there are way too many things out there, he'll get there."
THE SCORE OF THE BOX: Brewers 8, Dodgers 5
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The Brewers took a 2-0 lead over left-handed Julio Urias in the first run, former Dodger receiver Yasmani Grandal won. With the riders cornering and the two down, Grandal hit a bouncer who dropped from Urias and fell to the right for a shot that scored points.
When Mike Moustakas followed with only one center, the Brewers scored a second point on the board.
Los Angeles reduced the distance to Corey Seager in a house in the opposite field, and Burnes was lucky enough to limit the damage to one point. Joc Pederson was late in the game due to a foul on the marble referee's mask, Brian Knight, who was so shaken that he had to leave the game.
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It was the second time on this trip that the marble money had to leave after committing a fault on the mask. That's what happened to Tom Hallion on Tuesday in the second game of the Angels Series in Anaheim. This time, the referee of the second goal, Pat Hoberg, took over behind the plate and the game continued with only three referees.
Then the teams started trading circuits. Cody Bellinger shot Burnes a two-point shot with a shot on goal in third base, jumping on a fast first-step ball. Second baseman Brewers Hernán Pérez answered the question by scoring two shots on goal against Urias, with a setback on the fourth.
And both circuits continued to come. Joc Pederson pitched one with two in the fourth, placing the Dodgers 5-4. Grandal responded with a two-point shot with two outs to fifth, hitting Urias right-handed, and the Brewers again led the score to 6-5.
It was a successful comeback for Grandal, the former receiver of the Dodgers, who had received a long and long ovation from Los Angeles fans before his first match, and then had three hits with three RBIs.
"It was great, I did not really expect it," said Grandal about the ovation. "I have seen countless guys play here for a long time and they come back without having this reception.This was probably one of the greatest moments of my career.
"For me, it was both surprising and emotional, I had to breathe a little and get out of the tapping surface.It's something I will remember for a long time."
With one down in the inning, A.J. Pollock took a stroll and Alex Verdugo chose third, and that was all for Burnes. Matt Albers took over and did not allow the tied race to score, shattering Kiké Hernández and hitting Austin Barnes.
The Brewers strengthened their lead to 7-5 in seventh place, Joe Kelly, while Christian Yelich led with a singles and scored a brace with Jesús Aguilar, his first extra-base success of the season.
"It was a good time for that, he needed it," Counsell said of Aguilar's great success. "He just needed a shot, he needed a ball and a shot.This happened with a runner on purpose, and that 's the best time to do it. "
The Brewers extended their lead to 8-5 in the ninth with scarcity rarities – a Dodgers run closer to Kenley Jansen. It was the first time that he was giving a run to Milwaukee after 23 scoreless 2/3 innings on 22 games, including the playoffs.
Shaw available to hit: Third baseman Travis Shaw, shot on the right hand Wednesday in Anaheim and had to leave the game against the Angels, made some early practice rounds at the bat before the game and said he was good at playing . "It's always painful, but I can beat the bat," Shaw said. Counsell did not have Shaw in training against southpaw Urias, but he said, "He's fine. There is still a little swelling, it is available today.
END OF TWO STREAKS: Two long offensive droughts ended the Brewers. In the first set, Ryan Braun made his first round of the season after 45 games without a plate. The RBI double from Aguilar was his first extra-base hit after 56 appearances at the plate. Strangely, Lorenzo Cain and Yelich also scored their 500th career point.
JEFFRESS TO JOIN THE TEAM NEXT WEEK: Counsell confirmed that the plan with reliever Jeremy Jeffress was to allow him to make another appearance with AAA class San Antonio Saturday, before joining the Brewers next week. Jeffress was assigned to a minor league rehabilitation operation while recovering from a weakness in the shoulder. "I am confident that he will be active at home," Counsell said, without specifying the day.
THE DODGERS DO NOT NAME THE SATURDAY PICHET: With three starters currently on the injured list – Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw – the Dodgers have not yet designated their starting pitcher for the second game of the series on Saturday. They named right-handed Ross Stripling as the starter for Sunday's final.
SEEMS VERY FAMILIAR: With two playoffs in the second half against the Dodgers last season, then the seven-game NLCS and now seven more games in ten days, the Brewers have certainly become familiar with Los Angeles. "It sounds like an opponent of the division at this point," Counsell said. "It's 21 games in three months of baseball. So, it looks like a common enemy, almost an enemy of division. "
This year: 9-5
Last year: 7-7
To come up
Saturday: Brewers at Dodgers, 8:10 pm ZP Davies (1-0, 1.69) from Milwaukee, opponent of the TBA. Television: FS Wisconsin. Radio: AM-620.