Brewers 5, Dodgers 4
W: Veras (1-0) L: Guerra (1-1)
Milwaukee came into tonight’s contest on a four-game losing skid while their counterpart is one of the hottest teams in baseball. The Dodgers brought a major league-best 9-1 record into Miller Park, but that did not bother the Brewers as they have excelled at home the last couple seasons.
Mat Gamel started the scoring in the second inning when he smashed a solo shot to right field for his first home run of the season. Jonathan Lucroy followed with a triple on a fly ball to center field that fell out of Matt Kemp’s glove right before he smacked into the wall. Utility player Cesar Izturis kept the action going on a single up the middle which scored Lucroy with ease. After pitcher Yovani Gallardo struck out, Rickie Weeks hit a ground-rule double on a ball that stayed just fair down the right-field line. As you can see, Milwaukee hit for the team cycle in the inning, which is the first time any Brewer squad has done it in franchise history.
Gallardo pitched a brilliant game after getting off to a slow start. He missed on some of his pitches down but overall threw the ball well. Gallardo went seven strong innings, striking out seven batters while only surrendering two earned runs. Chad Billingsley pitched a good game as well, despite the bizarre plays happening around him in the second inning. He went six innings and allowed two earned runs while only striking out one hitter.
Corey Hart started the ninth inning off with a single and was replaced by Carlos Gomez who came into the game as a pinch-runner. Gomez quickly stole second base and Gamel followed with a walk. After Lucroy struck out, pinch-hitter George Kottaras (Milwaukee’s hottest hitter) stepped to the plate and cranked a double to right-center field. Gomez scored easily but Gamel had to race around the bases as Ethier’s throw entered the infield. The ball reached the catcher in time but Gamel made an incredible slide, just out of the reach of the tag, to win the game.
This was exactly what the Brewers needed after being swept by the Atlanta Braves. Hopefully, they can carry this momentum with them into tomorrow’s matchup.