They booed him when he was introduced, booed him when he threw a foul ball into the stands, booed him when he came to bat.
Alas, for Dodgers fans, they also booed Ryan Braun when he trotted around the bases in the first inning for what stood up as the game-winning, two-run home run.
Braun, the man who edged Matt Kemp as last year’s National League MVP and later beat a positive drug test, got the last laugh Tuesday in leading the Brewers to a 2-1 victory before an announced crowd of 51,137.
Braun aside, Nathan Eovaldi pitched an excellent first start for the Dodgers. Called up Tuesday to take the spot of sore-shouldered Ted Lilly in the rotation, Eovaldi threw seven strong innings.
After Nyjer Morgan singled and Braun homered on the first pitch in the top of the first, Eovaldi was a model of efficiency. He gave up only two other hits, and walked one. Of his 90 pitches, 63 were for strikes.
Kemp’s return, however, could not spark the Dodgers’ offense against right-hander Michael Fiers, making his first major league start.
Kemp, in his first game off the disabled list while recovering from a strained hamstring, went one for four. He doubled to lead off the bottom of the ninth but was left stranded at third afterJerry Hairston Jr.couldn't get a bunt down, then grounded into a double play.
Fiers kept the Dodgers off-balance and scoreless until the sixth when doubles by Ivan De Jesus and Andre Ethier finally pushed a run across. But that was all he would give up.
The 26-year-old Fiers, who was 1-3 with 4.42 ERA at triple-A Nashville, went seven innings, holding the Dodgers to the one run on five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out three.
The Dodgers are now 21-7 at home this season, [corrected stat] but two of those losses have come in as many games against the Brewers.