Other than the home run to Braun, Eovaldi was brilliant for seven innings, throwing strike after strike(90 pitches, 63 strikes). Hardly a ball was struck hard the rest of the game but it was not enough as Michael Fiers out-dueled him. It was Fiers first major league start and he made it a winning one.
Matt Kemp returned to the lineup and almost made a difference. He struck out in the first but launched a long fly ball to almost the exact same spot that Braun hit his home run except his ball died on the warning track. If only he had juiced it just a tad more. In his last ab, facing John Axford he ripped a double to start the 9th, Andre Ethier was plunked putting the Dodgers on 1st and 2nd with no outs.
At this point Don Mattingly had two simple choices. Let one of his hottest hitters swing away to try to score the tying run or have him bunt to put runners on second and third with one out. He choose to have Hairston bunt and it might have been the right call if Hairston had been able to lay down a successful bunt. But he didn't, so with two strikes he swung away and hit a tailor made double play ball up the middle. That left James Loney and that was the ball game as he hit a feeble ground ball to the SS for the final out giving the Brewers their second one run victory in a row and four out of five.
Andre Ethier continued his double trouble with another double driving in DeJesus who had doubled earlier. It was the only run/rally the Dodgers would mount against the rookie.
Andre had two more hits, one more RBI, and another double. He's now hitting .400 over his last nine games, including four doubles, seven runs batted in, and one home run.
Martin Maldonado the starting catcher for the Brewers got his first major league hit a bloop into right field
All five games between the Brewers and Dodgers have been decided by one run, unfortunately the Dodgers have come out on the wrong side of the ledger four of those five games.