Dodgers 12, Brewers 6: Hanser Alberto proves he’s not ready for serious pen duty

In the rubber match of the series against the Brewers, the Dodgers cruised in a 12-6 blowout victory. As long as there’s no Eric Lauer, there’s no problem.

The Dodgers have also now won five of their last six games.


Let’s start with Andrew Heaney, because why not? He actually gave up the game’s first run in the 1st thanks to a Willy Adames solo shot that handed the Brewers an early lead. Heaney also gave up an infield single and a double in the 3rd to plate another.

But even though he gave up those runs and had only two clean innings, he was largely dominant tonight. His ERA skyrocketed to 1.94 (!) but he got a ton of whiffs: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 10 K, 91 Pitches.

Not that the amount of runs Heaney gave up mattered all that much, as the bats victimized poor Adrian Houser early and often.

Back-to-back walks to Mookie Betts and Trea Turner is not how you want to start the game against the Dodgers, and Freddie Freeman singled to drive in Mookie to tie the game. A Justin Turner single drove in another run in Trea, then a walk to Joey Gallo later and Cody Bellinger came through by ripping a double to make it a four-run rally.

After a Chris Taylor double and Bellinger single cornered the runners in the 3rd — and knocked Houser out of the game — Austin Barnes drove in CT3 by avoiding a double play (barely) and made things 5-2.

Against the pen, things then got out of hand in the 4th with back-to-back singles from Trea and Freddie leading off the inning to corner the runners, Trea scoring on a Max Muncy sacrifice fly, then back-to-back doubles from JT and Gallo plated another two runs. A Bellinger walk and a Barnes single made it 9-2.

In the 5th, Muncy hit another sacrifice fly after Trea doubled and advanced to third, making it 10-2. Their scoring was completed in the 6th after Trayce Thompson doubled with two outs and then Barnes muscled up and drilled a two-run shot to make it 12-2.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the final score.

Caleb Ferguson entered in the 7th and gave up a walk, single, and a double to plate two runs and make it 12-4. While he got two outs, he exited likely due to pitch count and Brusdar Graterol came on and got a punch out. He also continued in the 7th and got a scoreless frame even with two singles allowed.

In the 8th for the Brewers was position player Pablo Reyes, who was their most effective pitcher on the night, getting a 1-2-3 innings on just nine pitches.

So the Dodgers answered back with Hanser Alberto going on back-to-back days. But he proved he wasn’t ready for the big time yet, giving up a two-run shot to Hunter Renfroe for a 12-6 game before closing things out.

Have to consider sending him to AAA to work on the off-speed. A fraud otherwise, I’m afraid.


86-37 overall and 45-16 at home.

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After a day off tomorrow for travel to Miami, the Dodgers will play a four-game set against the Marlins with Tyler Anderson starting against … somebody at 12:40 PM HT/3:40 PM PT/6:40 PM ET.

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