Rapid Reaction: Brewers 4, Dodgers 1
August, 9, 2014
By Doug Padilla | ESPNLosAngeles.com
MILWAUKEE -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are now one game away from being swept in the series as they fell 4-1 on Saturday to the Milwaukee Brewers.
How it happened: Adrian Gonzalez hit a home run for the second consecutive night, and for the second consecutive night the Dodgers were defeated. Dodgers starter Zack Greinke gave up four runs and eight hits over six innings against his former team. He walked one with six strikeouts. Brewers starter Mike Fiers gave up only one run and three hits over eight innings. Fiers didn't allow a ball out of the infield over the first three hitless innings. In three appearances (two starts) against the Dodgers in his career, Fiers is 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA.
What it means: A lack of success at Miller Park isn't something Greinke is used to. The right-hander entered Saturday's start with a 15-1 record and a 3.10 ERA at the Brewers' home park in 25 games (24 starts). His .938 winning percentage at the time was the highest in the history of the retractable-roof stadium, among pitchers with 10 or more decisions there.
Outside the box: Since joining the Dodgers in 2013, Greinke has now made 25 starts following a defeat and took the loss for only the sixth time in those outings. While Greinke has a 15-6 record in those games with a 2.31 ERA, the Dodgers are 18-7 overall in the 25 contests.
Off beat: They claim that the second day after an all-nighter can be the toughest and that's certainly how it looked for a punchless Dodgers team Saturday. After playing in Orange County against the Angels on Thursday night, the Dodgers didn't arrive in their Milwaukee hotel until 7:30 a.m. Friday morning. In fact, the Dodgers lacked punch both Friday and Saturday, doing little against Fiers, who was making his first start for the Brewers this season.
Up next: The Dodgers will send left-hander Clayton Kershaw (13-2, 1.82 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the finale of the three-game series. The Brewers will counter with right-hander Jimmy Nelson (2-2, 4.20) in the 1:10 p.m. start from Miller Park.
TV time: The Dodgers-Brewers game Sunday will be televised by TBS with no blackout restrictions in Los Angeles. The Dodgers game at Atlanta on Monday will also be televised on ESPN.