The Milwaukee Brewers have dominated their three game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers thus far, taking the first two games in exciting fashion.
Kyle Lohse took to the mound against Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, and immediately got run support in the first inning, as the top of the Brewers order took advantage of Hernandez’s location issues. Gerardo Parra, Ryan Braun, and Aramis Ramirez strung consecutive hits together to plate a run, and Scooter Gennett added a sacrifice fly to give Lohse a 2-0 lead.
Lohse wasn’t as sharp as Brewers fans have seen, though the home ump’s strike zone was questionable all night. Nevertheless, he allowed just one run over six innings and deserved a win, but the bullpen couldn’t seal it for him. Sitting in the stands during the bottom of the seventh, when the Dodgers had taken the lead, I was unhappy. I knew the Cardinals were getting killed by Baltimore, and every opportunity to extend a division lead counts. But after the first inning, Hernandez had been dealing. But the Brewers suddenly got all the breaks and before I knew it, the lead was back with the Crew and the stadium was electric. From Martin Maldonado‘s bunt to the errors that kept the inning going, it was all just a delight. Rickie Weeks icing on top of the cake in the form of a three run bomb, and I mean BOMB, made the win taste even sweeter.
So how could an incredible comeback be topped? Well, Milwaukee’s simply dominating performance came close.
Milwaukee’s bats tagged former Brewer Zack Greinke for four runs, with three coming by the long ball. Khris Davis took a high 1-2 fastball to deep right center for a two-run blast in the second inning, and Carlos Gomez launched a solo shot off the left field foul pole to lead off the sixth.
Meanwhile, Mike Fiers started in place of the injured Matt Garza and dominated the Dodgers. He allowed just one run on three hits and struck out five over eight innings. His deceptive delivery stymied Los Angeles, and Francisco Rodriguez sealed the win for Fiers in the ninth.
Fiers pitched like he belongs in the starting rotation, but with Garza expected to only stay on the DL for the minimum 15 days, it looks like Fiers will have to wait for an extended stay. He did, however, make a strong case for a starting spot with this eight inning performance tonight.
So, it’s been a great weekend of Milwaukee Brewers baseball to say the least. And with the rest of the NL Central losing, the Brewers have just a bit more breathing room at the top of the division. It’s still nowhere near enough breathing room (only two and a half games over the Pirates), but I’ll take what I can get in this difficult division.
The Brewers face a big test tomorrow in the form of Clayton Kershaw, but as fans have seen in recent Brewers performances against Adam Wainwright and David Price, the Milwaukee Brewers can handle aces. Even with Kershaw up, I’m still optimistic the Brewers will complete the sweep tomorrow and keep on rolling.