Brewers 5, Dodgers 3: Trio of homers against Andrew Heaney too much for Dodgers to overcome

In the series finale of a four-game series against the Brewers, the Dodgers ended up with a split thanks to a 5-3 loss. Their road trip came to a close at a decent 4-3 clip, but one far off their season pace.

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Granted, it was in limited time, but Andrew Heaney entered today’s game with a 1.16 ERA, and he struck out a whopping 10 batters in today’s outing. However, the reason he struggled last year came back to bite him, as he allowed three homers that accounted for all five runs.

He gave up a pair to Andrew McCutchen, a solo shot in the 1st and a two-run homer in the 3rd, then also gave up a two-run shot to Hunter Renfroe in the 5th. That said, Heaney should’ve had a 1-2-3 inning in the 5th, but on a strikeout there was a passed ball from Will Smith allowed Cutch to reach and setup the homer that also knocked him out of the game.

Heaney’s ERA ballooned to 1.77, which is an odd thing to say: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 10 K, 89 Pitches.

On the mount for the Brewers was their ace Corbin Burnes, who is one of the best in the majors. While he didn’t allow a run through five innings, the Dodgers did make him work a bit.

The 1st was the only clean frame for him, and even though he was never in trouble, the pitch count was up and the lineup turned over. Thus, in the 6th he was facing the top of the order for the third time, and they started to go off. Trea Turner began with a double, Freddie Freeman followed with a single to corner the runners, and Will singled to plate the first run for the Dodgers.

At 5-1 it didn’t seem like much doing, especially after a strikeout and a lineout, but Gavin Lux stepped up and drilled a ball that would’ve been a homer but was brought back for a triple to plate two more, make it 5-3 all of a sudden, and knock Burnes out.

After Heaney’s dinger-filled outing, the pen did admirable work. Reyes Moronta gave up a walk and a steal but got the out he needed to escape the 5th. David Price followed with a perfect 6th, and Phil Bickford did the same in the 7th. However, he continued in the 8th and gave up a double, but rebounded with an out before being relieved. Alex Vesia closed out the day for the relief core, getting the final two outs.

Unfortunately, the Brewers pen did excellent work in relief of Burnes and put up 3.1 scoreless innings to close out the Dodgers. Collectively, they surrendered just a pair of walks.

Oh well.

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It continues.

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81-36 on the year now.

TEAMCHASEGAMES
MetsMLB5.5* Up
MetsNL5.5* Up
PadresNL West16.5* Up

*All set to play later today.

The Dodgers now come home and face the Marlins at 4:10 PM HT/7:10 PM PT/10:10 PM ET with Tyler Anderson against Jesus Luzardo.

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