Brewers 9, Dodgers 3: Error leads to unearned runs as pen implodes and bats continue to struggle

The Dodgers have basically played like shit for the last four games now, which in a way makes it pretty remarkable that they’re 2-2 in that time. Anyway, they played sloppy on defense again and the offense got dominated to drop a game to the Brewers, 9-3.


In just his third start of the season, Tony Gonsolin‘s gradual ramp up took a leap forward thanks to efficiency as he went six frames today, with four of those being of the 1-2-3 variety.

In the 3rd, he was able to work around a single and then a two-out stolen base to avoid damage. However, in the 5th, an error by Michael Busch cost him dearly. In what should’ve been a 1-2-3 frame, a two-out single put two on for Joey Wiemer, who homered to left for a 3-0 lead.

Promising start despite the homer: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 80 Pitches


Opposite of him was Freddy Peralta, who didn’t have a lot of trouble with the Dodgers lineup. In the 2nd, they got a two-out double and a walk that led to nothing, and in the 5th they got a two-out double that was also stranded.

The 6th was promising with a Freddie Freeman lead-off double, but they were only able to score a run out of it on back-to-back groundouts to make things 3-1.


From there it was a battle of the pens, and the Dodgers lost that to a hilarious length. Phil Bickford gave up three singles (one infield single thanks to Busch again) and a double to plate three runs while only getting up one out.

He ended up being charged with four runs because Wander Suero relieved him, gave up a stolen base, walk, and a three-run shot to Willy Adames to put the lead at 9-1 in a hurry before Suero was able to get out of the 7th. He stayed in for the 8th and got a clean inning to effectively give the pen an off day.


The bats went down in order in the 7th, and got a double and a walk in the 8th without scoring, but at least Mookie Betts had fun.

In the 9th, a James Outman single was cashed in by a Chris Taylor homer (7th) to center to make it 9-3, though that was it.


At least Miguel Rojas did this, I guess.


NL WestRecord
Diamondbacks19-15 (1 GB)*
Padres18-17 (2.5 GB)

*Either still playing or will play later.

Same place, same time tomorrow at 1:40 PM HT/4:40 PM PT/7:40 PM ET with Noah Syndergaard (6.32 ERA/4.75 FIP/4.67 xERA) against Eric Lauer (4.40/5.37/5.84).

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