Brewers’ solid West Coast trip ends with 21-5 thud

August 3, 2018

LOS ANGELES — At least the Milwaukee Brewers didn’t lose ground in the National League Central Division race.

The Brewers, poised to win a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, instead saw their successful West Coast trip come to a crashing end with a split of the four-game set.

Cody Bellinger hit a grand slam, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig hit two homers each, and the Dodgers beat the Brewers 21-5 on Thursday night.

Brian Dozier and Justin Turner also went deep as the Dodgers finished with their highest scoring total at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers hit a season high-tying seven homers, and also set season highs for runs in a game, and in an inning when they had nine in the seventh.

The Brewers (63-49) remained a game back of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central with their third loss in their eight-game trip. The Cubs lost to the San Diego Padres 6-1 earlier Thursday.

The Brewers return to Milwaukee to begin a three-game series Friday against the Colorado Rockies. Following an off-day on Monday, the Brewers will host the Padres for a three-game set before heading to Atlanta.

“That is more indicative of our club offensively,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “You’re going to have spells where you don’t have hits and there will be bad at-bats when guys pitch well, but the last couple of nights, with a walk-off win (Wednesday), that can give you a shot in the arm and hopefully it continues.”

Clayton Kershaw (5-5) gave up two runs and five hits over six innings, winning his second consecutive start. He also won for the fourth time in his last six outings, while striking out seven with two walks.

Christian Yelich and Jesus Augilar each hit home runs for the Brewers, who lost for just the fifth time in 13 games since the end of a seven-game losing streak. Yelich’s home run off Kershaw was his 16th. Aguilar, who went deep against Dodgers reliever Erik Goeddel, hit his 26th.

Bellinger snapped an 0-for-13 slide when he lifted a 0-1 pitch from Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin off the right-field foul pole for his 18th of the season. It was his second grand slam this season and third of his two-year career.

“It was fun,” Bellinger said. “You never expect to score that many runs, but when you do, you just try to take advantage of it at the plate and I think we did a good job of that today.”

Chacin (10-4) gave up nine runs and five hits with four walks over 4 1/3 innings. It was the right-hander’s worst outing since giving up eight runs over 4 1/3 innings June 24 at home against the St. Louis Cardinals.

“They have a good lineup,” Chacin said. “I feel like they always have a good lineup and they have good guys like (Manny) Machado and Dozier. They’re going to be the team to beat in the National League and hopefully we play against them again.”

Infielder Hernan Perez and catcher Erik Kratz each made his third appearance on the mound for the Brewers.

Pederson started the Dodgers’ home-run binge when he led off the game with a drive deep into the seats in right field. It was the seventh leadoff home run of his career, with four of those coming this year. He added a three-run shot in the seventh to give him 16 on the season.

Puig had a solo shot down the left-field line in the fourth inning and a two-run shot in the seventh to give him 14 on the season. Dozier, who was acquired from Minnesota at Tuesday’s trade deadline, hit a three-run shot to left field in the fifth, his 18th. It was Dozier’s second home run in three games with the Dodgers.

Turner delivered his sixth home run after coming off the 10-day disabled list earlier Thursday. He had been out since July 22 with a strained right groin.

The Dodgers scored double-digit runs for the second time in the second half, both against the Brewers.

It was the 10th time this season the Dodgers have scored 10 or more runs in a game.

Despite crushing the Brewers on Thursday, the Dodgers continued the theme postgame that Milwaukee is a team they could see in the postseason.

Kershaw admitted he wasn’t at his best despite earning the victory over six innings, and said a relentless Brewers offense was part of the reason.

“One of these days, maybe in the payoffs, I’ll figure out how to get Yelich out,” Kershaw said. “He’s swinging the bat unbelievably right now and fortunately our bats were a little bit hotter tonight.”

Kershaw was asked about how tough the Brewers lineup would be in October.

“All the way up and down the (Brewers) lineup (there are) a lot of guys are swinging the bats,” Kershaw said.

Ax man coming

The Dodgers are expected to add new reliever John Axford to the active roster Friday for the start of a three-game series against the Houston Astros. The Dodgers acquired the right-hander at Tuesday’s trade deadline.

Trainer’s room

Injured Brewers right-hander Zach Davies (rotator cuff inflammation), who has been out since the start of June, will have at least two more minor league rehab starts before he returns to the rotation.

Up next

Brewers right-hander Junior Guerra (6-7, 3.43 ERA) will take the mound at home Friday for the start of a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies.

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