Bellinger spoils Brewers comeback, Dodgers win 6-5

The Milwaukee Brewers failed to even the series with the Los Angeles Dodgers falling 6-5 at Miller Park on Sunday.

Cody Bellinger was the hero for the Dodgers. Not only did he rob Christian Yelich of another home run in the eighth inning, he hit one of his own in the ninth off Josh Hader to make it 6-5.

Joc Pederson played a huge part in the win as well. He blasted two homers, tied a career-high four hits and scored three times. The Dodgers took three of four from the Brewers this weekend.

Eric Thames tied the game in the eighth with a three-run homer off closer Kenley Jansen.

Starter Brandon Woodruff struggled giving up five runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings. Clayton Kershaw countered with a strong outing. He went six innings, gave up just two runs on two hits.

Next up, the Brewers (13-10) will travel to St. Louis to begin a three-game series with the Cardinals (12-9). Adrian Houser will make his first career start for Milwaukee. He has a 1.10 ERA and an 18-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in three Minor League starts this year. The Cardinals will counter with Jack Flaherty (1|15.00 ERA22 SO) First pitch is scheduled for 6:45pm.

Brewers can’t complete sweep, fall 7-1 to Dodgers

The Brewers were hoping for better results Sunday against the Dodgers but couldn’t get anything going. Milwaukee fell to Los Angeles 7-1,

Jhoulys Chacín got roughed up in his third start of the season. He couldn’t make it through the third inning, giving up six runs on six hits and walking three. In his last regular season start at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 2, Chacin was rocked for nine runs, including three homers.

Chacin talked about what went wrong for him.

My slider wasn’t working today. Not for lefties or for righties. I just couldn’t command it. Those guys hit a lot of homers, but they also take a lot of walks, too. You have to throw strikes and make good pitches.

The Dodgers’ pitching was fantastic. In what was supposed to be more of a ‘bullpen day’ Ross Stripling exceeded expectations. He went eight innings, gave up only one run on four hits and walked one.

Milwaukee ended their road-trip with a 2-4 record. They were swept by the Angels but were able to take two of three from the Dodgers.

Next up, the Brewers (10-6) return to Miller Park to begin a three-game set with the St. Louis Cardinals (9-6) on Monday. Freddy Peralta (1|06.91 ERA19 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. The Cardinals will counter with Dakota Hudson (0|12.79 ERA, 10 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Brewers end three-game skid, beat Dodgers 8-5

It was a revenge game for former Dodgers’ catcher Yasmani Grandal, and he came through in a big way. Grandal came up with three RBIs to guide Milwaukee to an 8-5 victory.

Down 5-4 in the fifth inning, the new Brewers’ catcher jacked a two-run homer to see-saw his team in front 6-5. They never looked back.

Corbin Burnes had another rough start as he allowed five runs in just over four innings. Burnes troubles with the long ball continued. The Dodgers went yard three times off the young right-hander. He has now given up nine homers this season.

The Milwaukee bullpen would pick Burnes up however, not allowing another run for the remainder of the game. Matt Albers, Alex Claudio, Junior Guerra, Josh Hader and Alex Wilson combined for four-plus innings of no-run ball.

It was a big win for the Brewers after being swept in a three-game series by the Los Angeles Angels. April is a tough month for Milwaukee as they must face off against several playoff contenders.

Next up, the Brewers (9-5) play the Dodgers (9-7) Saturday night. Zach Davies (1|01.69 ERA7 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. The Dodgers will counter with Caleb Ferguson (0|00.00 ERA, 8 SO) who is making his first start of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10pm.

NLCS Preview: Brewers vs. Dodgers

For just the second time in franchise history the Milwaukee Brewers are participants in the National League Championship Series.

The Brewers will be squaring off with the Dodgers, who are appearing in their third consecutive NLCS.

How they got here:

The Dodgers, like the Brewers, finished in a tie for the lead in their division. Los Angeles had to play in a Game 163 just like Milwaukee, and just like the Brewers, the Dodgers were victorious.

That victory set up a matchup in the NLDS with the Atlanta Braves in which the Dodgers won in four games.

The Brewers — after winning their own Game 163 over the Cubs — made quick work of the Colorado Rockies, sweeping them out of the NLDS in three games.

Playoff Performers:

Christian Yelich is going to win the 2018 NL MVP Award, and that will come as a surprise to no one. His second half for the Brewers was historic as he was one of the biggest reasons as to why the Brewers were able to qualify for the playoffs and ultimately win the division.

In the NLDS Yelich was largely pitched around, although his Game 1 home run put the Brewers in front early before they knocked off the Rockies 3-2 in extra innings. Hs presence in the lineup is undeniable, but the Rockies clearly were not going to let him be the one to beat them night after night. That’s something that won’t be changing with the Dodgers.

Erik Kratz was the team’s MVP in the NLDS. Yes, that’s a real sentence just typed in the year 2018.

Kratz was fantastic in his first playoff series ever, Kratz went 5-for-8 with a double at the dish with a pair of runs batted in. For a playoff first timer, he stepped up and delivered more than anyone could have imagined.

On the flip side, the Dodgers didn’t exactly hit against the Braves, but they did crush eight home runs in the series. Trade deadline acquisition Manny Machado hit a pair of those as did Max Muncy. Los Angeles also drew an average of nearly seven (!!) walks per game against the Braves. Both of those are trends that cannot be counted on to continue against the Brewers.

Pitching:

There’s no question that the Milwaukee Brewers have a stellar bullpen. That’s been advertised everywhere one looks, and it was proven in Game 1 of the NLDS as they used nothing but relievers in the 3-2 extra inning win.

The starting pitching for the Brewers has been undervalued for much of the season, as well. Although if Gio Gonzalez was told on August 31 that he would be starting Game 1 of the NLCS, there’s no way he would have believed it.

The staff that the Brewers have to begin games as “initial out-getters” as manager Craig Counsell affectionately refers to them, isn’t as talented as the one that the Dodgers have.

Los Angeles will be sending out three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw for Game 1 on Friday night at Miller Park. Although he didn’t have the best year of his career, partly due to injury, he did still post a record of 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA. The left-hander hasn’t had terrific success throughout his career in the postseason, although he did pitch eight shutout innings of two-hit baseball in Game 2 of the NLDS. He will be followed by Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 2 on Saturday. In his four career postseason starts Ryu has a 1.96 ERA and is coming off of seven scoreless innings against the Brazes.

Managers:

Craig Counsell should win National League Manager of the Year for his efforts in guiding Milwaukee to the best record in the league. He’s a very deserving candidate without question. He has tons of postseason experience as a player, and now has never lost a playoff game as a manager, even though that’s an extremely small sample size through three games.

Los Angeles’ Dave Roberts is fresh off taking the Dodgers to their first World Series since 1988 last season and looking to do it again. After the team got off to a putrid start he’s got them playing their best baseball at the right time.

Schedule and Probables:

Game 1: Friday, Oct. 12, 7:09 p.m. CT, Miller Park
| Gio Gonzalez (10-11, 4.21 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA)
Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 13, 3:09 p.m. CT, Miller Park
| Wade Miley (5-2, 2.57 ERA) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3, 1.97 ERA)
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 15, 6:39 p.m. CT, Dodger Stadium
| Jhoulys Chacin (15-8, 3.50 ERA) vs. Walker Buehler (8-5, 2.62 ERA)
Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8:09 p.m. CT, Dodger Stadium
| TBD vs. Rich Hill (11-5, 3.66 ERA)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4:05 p.m. CT, Dodger Stadium
| TBD vs. TBD
Game 6*: Friday, Oct. 19, 7:39 p.m. CT, Miller Park
| TBD vs. TBD
Game 7*: Saturday, Oct. 20, 8:09 p.m. CT, Miller Park
| TBD vs. TBD

*denotes if necessary

Zone Predictions:

Zach Heilprin: Dodgers in 6
Joe Miller: Brewers in 7
Ebo Thoreson: Brewers in 6
Danny Cunningham: Dodgers in 6

Guerra Almost Untouchable in Blowout Win

Milwaukee, WI – The Milwaukee Brewers received a dominant pitching performance from 31-year-old rookie Junior Guerra and a combined seven RBI’s from Ryan Braun and Kirk Nieuwenhuis in a 7-0 Milwaukee win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park on Wednesday.

Guerra improved to 5-1 in his rookie season by giving up just two hits over eight innings, while striking out seven Dodger hitters. Michael Blazek completed the combined two-hit shutout with a perfect ninth inning.

The Brewers did most of their offensive damage in the second inning, jumping over Dodger rookie Brock Stewart for five runs, three of which came on a three-run jack from Nieuwenhuis. Braun added his own round tripper in the seventh inning to round out the scoring.

With the two teams splitting the first two games, the Brewers will look for a series victory as Zach Davies takes the hill Thursday at 1:10 for a matinee first pitch.