Jonathan Lucroy, Wily Peralta Lead Brewers to Dodgers Sweep


Aug 17, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; [EDITORS NOTE: Caption Correction] Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a 2-run homer against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY SportsZack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw have made consecutive starts 46 times in the last two seasons for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Brewers wins on Friday and Saturday were just the second time in that stretch that the Dodgers lost both games.

The series continued today with the Brewers going for the sweep with Wily Peralta (14-7, 3.46 ERA) taking on Dan Haren (10-9, 4.50 ERA).

Peralta was great again for the Brewers, but he really didn’t need to be as the Brewers knocked Haren out after just three innings and Jonathan Lucroy collected another 5 RBI as the Brewers rolled to a 7-2 win over the Dodgers.

It was the first time the Dodgers had been swept this year in a series of three games or longer.

Carlos Gomez drew a lead off walk to open the game to put a man on before Jonathan Lucroy belted his 13th home run of the season to spot Milwaukee 2 free runs.

Haren settled down and struck out Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Scooter Gennett to end the inning.

Adrian Gonzalez worked an eight-pitch walk with two outs in the bottom of the first for the Dodgers but Peralta came back to strike out Matt Kemp to end the inning.

Khris Davis hit a blooper of a single into center on a big hack to lead off the second inning. Two batters later Jean Segura reached on a slow roller to second. Adrian Gonzalez dropped the throw at first to put Segura on.

After Peralta popped up his bunt attempt, Gomez walked to load the bases for Lucroy who belted a double to the wall in left-center to drive in all three base runners, giving Milwaukee a 5-0 lead.

Justin Turner picked up the Dodgers first hit with a little fly ball to short right field with one out in the inning. He took second on a pitch in the dirt to get into scoring position.

Darwin Barney walked to put two on for Drew Butera, who struck out. Haren bounced out to short to cap a nine pitch at bat to end the inning. Both pitchers passed the 40-pitch mark in the second inning.

Scooter Gennett singled up the middle with one out in the top of the third to keep the pressure on Haren. Davis followed with a double to the wall in right center. Ed Sedar held Gennett at third, given his recent hamstring issues.

Don Mattingly elected to have Haren intentionally walk Mark Reynolds to bring up Segura with the bases loaded. Segura flew out to Carl Crawford in left, but it was deep enough to bring in Gennett. Peralta flew out to end the inning.

That was Haren’s last inning for work. He went three innings and allowed six runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out three.

Peralta managed his first three-up, three-down inning for the Brewers in the bottom of the third.

Carlos Frias came in to pitch the fourth for the Dodgers. Gomez promptly hit a home run (20) on the second pitch from Frias to give Milwaukee a 7-0 lead.

Aramis Ramirez left the game after the Brewers half of the fourth inning but it was just to get him some rest, there was no injury. Reynolds moved to third and Lyle Overbay took over at first.

Crawford knocked a one-out single up the middle in the inning to give L.A. some life. Crawford stole second to get into scoring position. Turner walked to put two on, and they advanced a base on a Darwin Barney ground out, but Butera lined out to end the inning.

Frias picked up the first scoreless inning of the day for the Dodgers, putting down Gennett, Davis and Reynolds in order in the fifth.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Yasiel Puig and Gonzalez had back-to-back singles but Matt Kemp flew out on a 3-1 count to end the inning. Braun had to fight the sun to make the catch, but he got it.

Frias came back out and put Milwaukee down in order in the sixth inning, his second scoreless inning of work.

Peralta came out strong in the seventh putting down Crawford and Turner quickly but Barney kept the inning going with a single to right. That was it though as Drew Butera popped out to Gennett.

Frias went back out for the seventh for Los Angeles, his fourth inning of work. He put down Lucroy, Braun and Overbay in order. Frias worked four innings, and allowed just one run on one hit. He struck out two.

Zach Duke came on to replace Peralta in the seventh. Wily went six innings and didn’t allow a run on five hits. He walked three batters and struck out five. Duke set down Miguel Rojas, Gordon and Puig in order.

J.P. Howell came on to pitch the eighth for the Dodgers. He quickly got Gennett and Davis to ground out before striking out Reynolds to end the inning. After Gomez’s 4th inning home run, the Dodger bullpen set down 15 straight Brewers.

Marco Estrada took over the mound duties in the eighth for Milwaukee. Elian Herrera gave Braun the rest of the day off and Gerardo Parra took over in center for Gomez. Andre Ether led off the inning with a double off the wall in right.

Scott Van Slyke followed with a double of his own to break up the shutout and driving Ethier. Crawford flew out to left for the first out of the inning. Turner grounded out to third for the second out of the inning.

Barney knocked a fly ball to Herrera in right, but Herrera couldn’t handle the sun and it ended up as a double to bring in Van Slyke. Estrada struck out Butera to end the inning.

Pedro Baez came on to toss the ninth for the Dodgers. He got Segura to ground out but Parra broke up the streak of 16-straight Brewers retired with a double down the line in right. Herrera struck out and Lucroy flew out to end the inning.

Jeremy Jeffress came on to pitch the ninth for the Crew. He struck out Rojas to open the inning. Pinch hitter Carlos Triunfel grounded out back to the mound for the second out. He struck out Puig to end the game.

Peralta got the win for Milwaukee; it was his 15th of the season, for the league lead. Haren took the loss for the Dodgers.

The Brewers get an off day on Monday before hosting a two-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Mike Fiers (2-1, 1.29 ERA) and Jimmy Nelson (2-3, 3.86 ERA) will take on J.A. Happ (8-7, 4.20 ERA) and R.A. Dickey (9-12, 3.95 ERA).