Dodgers Quietly Swept Away By Brewers

Bats were optional for the Dodgers this series.

The Dodgers managed nine hits off Zack Greinke and 13 hits for the game, but for the most part their offense faded meekly into the night, losing 6-2 Thursday night to the Milwaukee Brewers to complete the four-game sweep. This was the first time the Brewers have swept the Dodgers in any series.

To recap the series, the Dodgers scored all of eight runs in four games, they got swept in a four-game series at home for the first time in 19 years, and to a team that was 19-28 entering Monday. And to top that all off, the Dodgers lost their best player for a month.

Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

Chad Billingsley struck out eight in his six innings of work, his third straight start with more strikeouts than innings pitched, but he also allowed four runs and got tagged with his fourth loss of the season.

After breezing through a 12-pitch first inning Billingsley labored in the second frame, throwing 30 pitches. An eight-pitch walk to Aramis Ramirez, Taylor Green ripped a double into the right field corner to set up the Brewers with a prime scoring opportunity with runners on second and third and nobody out. Both runs were cashed in, on a bloop single by Rickie Weeks and a fielders choice ground out by Martin Maldonado.

After a pair of singles in the bottom of the second, Billingsley got one of those runs back with a grounder up the middle for an RBI single to cut the Brewers' lead to 2-1. The Dodgers loaded the bases that inning but A.J. Ellis, batting second for the first time in his career, struck out looking to end the threat.

The top of the third inning saw both ends of the Billingsley spectrum, as he struck out three Brewers but also allowed a pair of hits, including an 0-2 pitch that Ramirez hit into the left field pavilion for a two-run home run to give Milwaukee a 4-1 lead.

Carlos Gomez added a two-run shot off Todd Coffey in the top of the ninth to close out the scoring.

Notes

  • Jerry Hairston Jr. was 2-for-4 Thursday and is 11-for-21 (.524) since returning from the disabled list. Hairston hit .457 (16-for-35) in May.
  • Alex Castellanos made his major league debut in left field in the top of the eighth, then was hit by a pitch in his first major league plate appearance in the bottom of the inning. Castellanos became the first Dodger to get hit by a pitch in his first major league plate appearance since Chad Billingsley, on June 15, 2006.
  • Elian Herrera stole the first base of his career in the first inning. Castellanos appeared to do the same in the eighth inning, but he was forced to return to first base when Scott Van Slyke was called out for batters interference.
  • James Loney, who did not start Thursday, snapped an 0-for-12 skid with an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning.
  • Scott Elbert retired all four batters he faced, including three by strikeout.
  • Juan Rivera went 1-for-4 with a home run in his second rehab game with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday night. He played left field and first base.
  • Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a walk for the Brewers, his fifth multi-hit game in his last seven games, and was 5-for-15 with two home runs and five RBI during the four-game series. Ramirez has hit three of his five home runs this season against the Dodgers.

Tonight's Particulars

Home Runs: Aramis Ramirez (5), Carlos Gomez (2)

WP - Zack Greinke (6-2): 6 IP, 9 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts

LP - Chad Billingsley (2-4): 6 IP, 6 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts

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