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Milwaukee Brewers Offense Steps up Against Los Angeles Dodgers Ace

May 31st, 2012 at 11:54 AM
By Stephen Rispalje

'Yovani Gallardo' photo (c) 2009, Steve Paluch - license: The Brewers were showing life the last few days, it looked like things were turning around on this road trip, but they hadn't really faced a pitcher like Clayton Kershaw.  Wednesday night , they did battle with Clayton Kershaw, the reigning NL Cy Young award winner.  And things went pretty well.  So maybe things are improving in Milwaukee.  All things considered it was supposed to be a pitchers duel, but sometimes those things don't happen.  

In the first inning Kershaw looked himself, striking out two batters allowing just one hit.  Los Angeles handed their ace a lead in their half of the inning.  After Yovani Gallardo retired the first two batters, he walked Matt Kemp.  Andre Ethier followed with a double driving in Kemp.   But Kemp would be replaced in the second inning, after injuring his hamstring again. Yovani also walked the next two hitters to load the bases. He managed to escape by getting AJ Ellis to flyout to center field.  But the Dodgers held a 1-0 lead.  Neither team did anything in the next two innings.  Kershaw looked like a Cy Young winner and Gallardo just continued to muddle through.  

The Brewers grabbed the lead in their half of the fourth inning.  After Ryan Braun struck out,Aramis Ramirez took the first fastball he saw from Kershaw and doubled to left with it. Rickie Weeks and Cody Ransom walked to load the bases.  Carlos Gomez singled to left to take the lead.  The Dodgers continued to miss chances, looking dominated by Gallardo.  

The score stayed 2-1 until the Milwaukee half of the sixth. Rickie Weeks doubled to left, Cody Ransom walked.  Carlos Gomez tried to sacrifice himself but the out went to second.  Martin Maldonado with runners at the corners executed the safety squeeze perfectly to score Weeks.  Yovani Gallardo followed with a deep single to left to score Gomez.  Kershaw was replaced after that play.  Corey Hart would single to center.  Norichika Aoki hit an infield single to drive in Gallardo. The Dodgers did  nothing in their half of the sixth.  After six innings the Brewers held a 5-1, they wouldn't relinquish on this night.  

The Dodgers put up a good fight in the seventh inning.  Yovani Gallardo trying to give Ron Roenicke seven innings got himself into trouble early.  He allowed three consecutive hits loading the bases.  Roenicke went to get the lefty Manny Parra to get out of it.  Parra allowed a hit to get the Dodgers within two runs.  But that was all they would get.  James Loney struck out, and Tony Gwynn Jr. hit into a double play ending the threat.  

Milwaukee got one in the eighth inning.  Nyjer Morgan who pinch hit for Parra singled,Corey Hart singled and Norichika Aoki sacrificed them over to second and third.  Ryan Braun was walked intentionally.  Aramis Ramirez drove in the run when Los Angeles could not turn the double play.  Los Angeles failed to score in the eighth inning leaving them down 6-3 after eight innings.  Neither team did anything in the ninth.  Despite Milwaukee having a chance.  They loaded the bases but the Dodgers escaped.  

Milwaukee has won the series in Los Angeles and they have secured a winning road trip for the first time since early April in Chicago.  They will try to sweep the Dodgers handing them their first sweep of the season for both teams.  Milwaukee has not swept any team yet this season.  The Dodgers have not lost three in a row this season until last night.  So they obviously have never lost four in a row.  Zack Greinke will take the mound tonight, looking to erase his disastrous start in Arizona.  Chad Billingsley will oppose him.  

Tags: Andre Ethier, Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Gomez, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Hart, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, Norichika Aoki, Yovani Gallardo

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