The Dodgers beat the Brewers today 3-2, but for a long while it sure looked like it was gonna be one of those games.
Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and while the Dodgers offense mercifully managed to break it up with two hits in that frame, it still had no runs to show for it. So why is Hernan Perez my favorite player? Because the three-run seventh inning would’ve been a 1-2-3 inning for Nelson had Perez made the routine play on an Alex Guerrero grounder, but he inexplicably dropped it and let Guerrero reach. Following the error, Jimmy Rollins singled to center, which moved Guerrero to third, and then Rollins stole second. Andre Ethier invoked Captain Clutch again and tied the game with a single to left-center. Joc Pederson then followed with a skied double down the left-field line that missed a homer by about a foot or two to give the Dodgers a one-run lead.
That ended up being enough.
Mike Bolsinger got back on track after having a rough run of about five starts. He pitched six innings of two-run ball and allowed just five baserunners while striking out six. Mike lasted only 83 pitches, but was primarily removed to get the offense started, and the two runs he did allow were more of an issue with wild pitches than any ineffectiveness.
Brandon Beachy is getting the start tomorrow, which will be a return after a long layoff, but that’s not really anything compared to Chin Hui Tsao, who made his first appearance in eight years today. Tsao allowed two singles, but got out of any trouble thanks to a caught stealing and a strikeout. J.P. Howell allowed a runner to reach second but not any further, and Kenley Jansen closed out the game with a 1-2-3 inning that included two punch-outs.