The Los Angeles Dodgers seemed to be well on their way to another comfortable victory thanks to Yasiel Puig and Zack Grenike, but Jeremy Wright fell apart in the 8th inning by giving up five runs and the Dodgers couldn’t generate enough offense to escape from a 6-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Greinke pitched five solid innings, allowing only two hits before being relieved by Pedro Baez. He did a fine job as well, but Wright came on, and everything fell apart. The Dodgers held a 2-0 lead heading into the 8th inning, both runs coming from Yasiel Puig RBIs, driving home Dee Gordon twice. Matt Kemp added a sacrifice fly in the 8th, but that was a bit too late and too little after the great collapse.
So what happened in the 8th?
As a team, we don’t panic. We’ll grind it out and find ways to win. We’re not a patient team, but we’ve made adjustments so we can score runs even if we’re struggling. It’s huge, especially with the pitching staff they have. We had to take advantage of every single opportunity we got and try to get some runs. They’ve got a pretty good bullpen, too.
After getting only two through the first seven innings, things exploded for the Brewers, who were mostly about walks up to that point (six through seven innings, forcing Greinke to a 99-pitch count in only five innings). Scooter Gennett finally opened things up by driving home Ryan Braun, followed by Khris Davis with a double that brought home Aramis Ramirez. The seal of approval was given as Lyle Overbay with a pinch hitting performance drove in three (Gennett, Davis and Reynolds) with a double, advancing to third on a throw.
As we mentioned, Matt Kemp hit a sacrifice fly in the 8th inning to make it 5-3, but the Brewers added one more run as Gennett picked up his second RBI of the game before Francisco Rodriguez came on to get his 37th save of the season, as opposed to the blown opportunity by Wright, losing a game for the third time this season.
With the win, the Brewers improve to 68-55, giving them a two game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. The Dodgers don’t lose their huge lead in the NL West thanks to the Giants losing again, keeping it at 5.5. The Dodgers offense was limited to eight hits, including only two in the final three innings, as Carl Crawford, A.J. Ellis and Miguel Rojas finished with a terrible 0-for-12 combined.