Say this for the Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers, they are making their games interesting. Alas, for the Dodgers, they’ve been a tad more interesting for the Brewers.
For the second time in as many nights, the Brewers won a taunt game with their final at-bat, cooling off the Dodgers with a second consecutive loss.
This time Ryan Braun’s bases-loaded fly to shallow center field in the 10th inning was enough to drive in pinch-runner Nyjer Morgan with the winning run in Milwaukee’s 3-2 victory Wednesday.
Matt Kemp sort of circled the fly, catching it flat-footed and on the wrong side of his body. His throw had little on it, bouncing several times and slightly up the third base line before catcher A.J. Ellis fielded it and tagged Morgan on his rear.
It was a bang-bang play. Ellis and Manager Don Mattingly argued in vain that the tag came first.
Reliever Matt Guerrier started all the trouble in the 10th inning with a leadoff walk to Jonathan Lucroy. Morgan pinch-ran for Lucroy. Cesar Izturis’ attempt at a sacrifice bunt went in the air and to Adam Kennedy at third base.
But Morgan next broke to steal second and Ellis’ throw sailed into center field for an error that allowed Morgan to advance to third base. Guerrier intentionally walked Rickie Weeks and Mattingly brought in Jerry Hairston Jr. from left field for a five-man infield.
Only Guerrier then walked pinch-hitter George Kottaras to load the bases for Braun.
The starting pitchers left this one with the score tied, 2-2. Chris Capuano went six innings for the Dodgers, giving up two runs, six hits and two walks. Zack Greinke went seven innings for the Brewers and gave up two runs, four hits and two walks. He struck out seven.
The Dodgers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Mark Ellis tripled with one out and scored on a hit by Kemp.
Milwaukee tied it in the second inning on a Cory Hart double and Mat Gamel bloop single.
The Dodgers went ahead, 2-1, in the fifth inning after Hairston, who started at third base in place of Juan Uribe, doubled and took third base on a single byTony Gwynn Jr.
A.J. Ellis hit a bouncer into the hole but third baseman Aramis Ramirez fielded it on the run and threw to second base to force out Gwynn as Hairston scored.
But the Brewers tied it when the slumping Ramirez led off the sixth inning by crushing a home run to left-center field. The Brewers said the blast traveled 444 feet. He started the game batting .103.
Josh Lindblom, who initially only made the team because Ted Lilly started the season on the disabled list, continued to shine in relief. Lindblom threw two scoreless innings and has yet to give up a run in his first six appearances (8-2/3 innings).
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