The Dodgers enjoyed their Sunday as they quickly came back from a two-run deficit to win 11-2 over the Brewers, taking the series win. The game featured not one, but two five-run innings for the Dodgers and they also batted around twice in this game
Trailing 2-0 going to the top of the second, Matt Kemp led off the inning with the first of his two solo home runs in this game. The Dodgers then got consecutive singles from Kiké Hernández and Logan Forsythe. Austin Barnes struck out and Alex Wood successfully sacrificed the runners to second and third.
With two outs, Chris Taylor got a single to drive in two runs. Manny Machado followed with an run-scoring double. Machado would then be doubled home by Justin Turner. The Dodgers ended up sending nine to the plate, scoring five runs in the frame.
Kemp would hit a leadoff homer for the second consecutive inning in the third, making it 6-2.
Finally, the Dodgers blew it open when they batted around again in the fifth inning, putting up another five-spot on the scoreboard. Forsythe drove in a run with on of three singles in the day, while Barnes drove in a pair just a few pitches later.
Taylor added a sacrifice fly to score the final run of the game.
Wood had a tenuous first inning, allowing the first three Brewers to reach on a walk and two singles. After Ryan Braun lined out, Travis Shaw singled home two runs to give the Brewers a short-lived lead. Wood walked Tyler Saladino to load the bases again but then he got the pitcher’s best friend, a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.
After all of his trouble in the first inning, Wood settled down and pitched six innings. He allowed just those two runs, five hits and he walked three. The lefty also stuck out four.
The Dodgers had put up 11 runs and 13 hits off three of four Brewers pitchers on Sunday, so the Brewers had two position players finish the game for them.
Brewers pitchers today: 6 IP, 11 R.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 22, 2018
Brewers position players today: 3 IP, 0 R.
Twice the power
Kemp now has 13 multi-home run games in his career, eight of those games are with the Dodgers. The last time he hit two home runs for the Dodgers was on July 29, 2014. This is the eighth time this season a Dodger has hit two home runs in a game this season. Kemp joins Cody Bellinger, Hernández, Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Yasmani Grandal who have had at least one game with two home runs this season.
Justin Turner, who had not started a game since July 11th and had missed four straight games before pinch-hitting last night, started on Sunday. He was 1-for-2 with a run-scoring double but he was removed prior to start of the bottom of the third inning.
The #Dodgers announce Justin Turner left the game after 2.2 with right groin tightness. This is the same adductor issue he’s been dealing with since July 11th.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) July 22, 2018
Justin Turner (groin) might have to go on the disabled list, Dave Roberts said. #Dodgers— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 22, 2018
Not since 1997
Caleb Ferguson replaced Wood and got his second three-inning save of the season. The last time a Dodger pitcher had two three or more innings saves in a season was when Darren Dreifort record a three and four inning save in August 1997.
This was the Dodgers third three-inning save of this season, last year, the Dodgers had five three or more innings saves.
The Dodgers will continue their ten-game road trip as they begin a three-game series in Philadelphia on Monday. As for any thought about a pre-game salute to the retiring Chase Utley, the Phillies will not have one during this series.
With Dodgers coming to town for three-game series, Phillies say Chase Utley will receive special recognition in-game to pay homage to his recent retirement announcement. They plan to honor Utley during a pre-game tribute on a future date, after completion of his playing career.— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) July 22, 2018
Ross Stripling (8-2, 2.08) will make the start for the Dodgers and the Phillies will send out Zach Eflin (7-2, 3.15). First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. PT.
Home runs: Matt Kemp 2 (17)
WP - Alex Wood (6-5): 6 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts
LP - Brent Suter (8-7): 3 IP, 8 hits, 6 runs, 3 strikeouts
SV- Caleb Ferguson (2): 3 IP, 1 hit, 4 strikeouts