After their four-game sweep at the hands of the Cardinals, the Dodgers returned home for a three-game rematch of the 2018 NLCS against the Brewers. Unfortunately, the slide continued tonight when the Dodgers threw problems again in an 8-5 loss.
The Dodgers offense actually continued its rebound after a tough three-game run, accumulating five runs on nine hits and three walks versus just four strikeouts.
All those races came in home runs.
Corey Seager started the party in the 1st with a solo shot in the opposite field.
Cody Bellinger annihilated his eighth dong of the year, a two-run shot in the third to give the Dodgers the lead.
Joc Pederson then hit a two-run shot in the 4th to give the Dodgers the lead again.
I included him apparently looking at Robert Van Scoyoc.
Still, they definitely could have done more damage. They failed to score with runners in the second and third places with one out in the first, a runner in the second and two outs in the second, and runners in the corners with one out in the fifth.
Even so, normally five races should be enough to achieve a victory. However, Julio Urias fought with his command for his second consecutive start.
Although he actually struck out four and only walked one in his five innings, but the location was out all night, as evidenced by the six runs (five earned) on six hits and the two homers he allowed. Those home runs were particularly tough because both returned the advantage immediately after the Dodgers had badured them.
For whatever reason, the Dodgers decided to go with Joe Kelly in a one-run game with another appearance of multiple innings. After a sixth without annotations in which he allowed only one single, he delivered a single and a double for a run in the seventh before being eliminated with a single out. Its effectiveness is now 12.27.
Scott Alexander relieved him and allowed a single on the ground, but came out of a jam with a double play. Dylan Floro took over in the eighth and also resigned to a single, but provided an entry without punctuation and without drama.
Kenley Jansen then went to look for work, but abandoned a single, a balk and a stolen base, before delivering his first race of the season in a sacrifice fly. Kenley also left a walk after that, although he did manage a pair. He was … unhappy.
Surprisingly, the Dodgers managed a rally against Josh Hader in the eighth inning, leading runners to the corners with one out and bases loaded with two outs, but Max Muncy and Justin Turner stood up in those situations, respectively.
After Hader retired Cody Bellinger in the ninth, he was eliminated because he had 38 pitches, so at least he will be down tomorrow. However, it did not matter for this game with a three-run lead, and Alex Wilson closed it without drama.
The Dodgers now return to 8-7 in the year, and will have a bullpen game tomorrow against Zach Davies at 3:10 PM HST / 6: 10 PM PST / 9: 10 PM EST. Less than ideal.