The Milwaukee Brewers offense took the first seven innings off on Friday, but they broke out in the eighth and took a comeback win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The series continued today with Yovani Gallardo (7-6, 3.44 ERA) taking on Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw (14-2, 1.78 ERA). Kershaw is the seventh Cy Young winner the Brewers will face in the span of just 15 games.
It was truly a match up of aces tonight with both pitchers going deep into the ball game, but two home run balls were all that Milwaukee needed as Gallardo outdueled Kershaw to take a 3-2 win.
Kershaw set the Brewers down in order in the top of the first, including strike outs of Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun. Gallardo returned the favor in the bottom half of the frame, getting three outs on five pitches.
Kershaw mowed through the Brewers in the second in just six pitches, adding another strike out as well. After a Matt Kemp fly out, Carl Crawford got the first hit of the game with a single through the infield and into right field.
Justin Turner reached on a fielder’s choice ground out up the middle, but Crawford was out at second for the second out of the inning. Turner stole second with A.J. Ellis hitting. Ellis walked to put two on for Miguel Rojas but Rojas struck out to end the inning.
Kershaw picked up another three-up, three-down inning in the top of the third. He set down the first nine Brewers he faced. With two outs in the bottom half of the frame Yasiel Puig singled to second base to extend the inning for Adrian Gonzalez but he flew out to right to end the inning.
Carlos Gomez broke up Kershaw’s perfect game in the fourth with a lead off double to left. Two batters later Braun homered (15) to right field over a leaping Kemp to put Milwaukee on top 2-0.
Crawford had an infield single with one out in the bottom of the fourth to put a man on for the Dodgers. Crawford stole second on the first pitch to Turner. Turner singled up the middle to bring in Crawford. Turner was thrown out at second as Gomez’s throw home was cut off.
Ellis followed with a single to right to keep the inning going but Rojas grounded out back to Gallardo to end the inning with Milwaukee on top 2-1.
Kershaw came back and set the Brewers down in order in the top of the fifth. Gallardo did the same in the bottom half of the frame, working through Kershaw, Dee Gordon and Puig.
Gomez led off the top of the sixth with a home run (19) on Kershaw’s first pitch to put Milwaukee up 3-1. After outs by Lucroy and Braun, Ramirez doubled. Davis lined out to a sliding Crawford to end the inning.
Gonzalez singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth against Gallardo but he would end the inning stranded at second base.
Weeks reached to lead off the top of the seventh when Rojas booted a routine ground out. After a Reynolds strike out, Elian Herrera grounded to short. They got Weeks at second but the throw to first was very wild and hit the face of the dugout. They ruled Herrera out and called Weeks for interference.
Gallardo put the Dodgers down in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Kershaw went through the Brewers one-two-three in the top of the eighth inning, picking up two more strike outs to put him at 10 for the game.
Davis made a diving catch on a Gordon line drive for the first out of the Dodger half of the eighth inning. A Puig ground out and Gonzalez line out ended the inning for the Dodgers.
Kershaw went back out for the top of the ninth for the Dodgers. His defense didn’t help him and Braun knocked a routine grounder to third that Turner whiffed on to put Braun on base. Ramirez grounded into a double play to wipe Braun off the bases. Kershaw struck out Davis to end the inning.
Francisco Rodriguez came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth for Milwaukee. Kemp led off the inning with a home run (15) on a full count to cut the lead to 3-2. K-Rod came back and struck out Crawford for the first out.
He struck out Turner for the second out of the inning to bring up pinch-hitter Andre Ethier. Either grounded out to short to end the inning and the game.
Gallardo got the win for Milwaukee; it was his eighth of the season. He went eight innings and allowed one run on six hits and one walk. He struck out three.
Kershaw took the loss, snapping an 11-game winning streak. It was just his third loss of the season. He went all nine, and allowed three runs on five hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 11.
K-Rod got the save for Milwaukee, his 38th. The save gave K-Rod sole possession of 11th place on the all time saves list, just five out of the 10th spot.