The Dodgers guaranteed at least a split of the series with the Brewers tonight in a wild 10-6 win. The story prior to the game revolved around the opposing starting pitchers of Mike Bolsinger and Chase Anderson being close friends, but both got absolutely nuked tonight as the game ended up being a story of the two offenses instead.
Bolsinger had a disaster of a start, perhaps at least partially because he seemed to be in pain and holding his left rib-cage throughout his time on the mound. In any case, he threw a whopping 73 pitches in 2 2/3 innings of work, giving up five runs on nine hits and two walks. His ERA has now ballooned to 6.83, and somebody likely needs to replace him, whether it be for the injury or just to get right.
Fortunately, an overworked bullpen put in the damn work today, with each of Chris Hatcher, Casey Fien, and Adam Liberatore working multiple innings, as they all stepped up for the team. Hatcher went 2 1/3 innings, while Fien and Liberatore got two innings each, with the only run coming home against the trio being a solo donger from Ryan Braun (of course) off Fien.
Most importantly, the offense absolutely exploded tonight, totaling 10 runs on four walks and 14 hits, with six of those hits going for extra bases. Today was the fifth time the offense has reached double digits in runs this season.
The stars on the night were Joc Pederson, who went 3-for-5 with a homer…
…Justin Turner, who went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk..
…and Yasmani Grandal, who had a two-RBI double to give the Dodgers the lead for good.
Most importantly, there was Hatcher at plate with the RBI single.
Great hitter or greatest hitter?
Dodgers are now 37-33 on the year overall, with a 19-15 record at home.