The Dodgers walked-off with a 6-4 win in 10 innings over the Brewers on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, snapping their three-game losing streak. Yasmani Grandal’s game-winning home run provided LA with its second walk-off win of the season. Brian Dozier made a stellar Dodger debut, going 3-for-4, and he was a triple shy of the cycle.
Unfortunately the first note in the scorebook for Brian Dozier as a Dodger was a throwing error from second base in the top of the first inning. Lorenzo Cain tripled, the ball rolling all the way to the wall. He then scored on the E4 charged to Dozier, putting the Brewers up 1-0 early.
Manny Machado did make a nice bare-handed play at third to retire his former teammate Jonathan Schoop.
In his first at-bat as a Dodger in the second frame, Dozier struck out against Chase Anderson.
Cain was at it again in the bottom of the second. He doubled to the right-field gap, the same area he tripled to in the first. He then was able to come all the way home from second base on a wild pitch by Rich Hill. Grandal had trouble locating the ball that caromed from the dirt at the plate into foul territory on the first-base side, and the Brewers tacked on another run.
Anderson was perfect through the first four innings, striking out five Dodgers on 47 pitches. Grandal broke his perfecto bid with a leadoff solo home run in the bottom of the fifth. That was Grandal’s fourth career home run off Anderson and his 18th of the year.
Then Dozier went deep, and the back-to-back home runs tied the game at two runs apiece. It was the ninth time this season a pair of Dodgers have hit back-to-back blasts. Dozier even gave the fans a curtain call after his first home run in Dodger Blue.
JT Chargois took over for Hill in the seventh and was able to pitch a scoreless inning after allowing hits to Manny Pina and Cain.
Hill’s final line: 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 4 K, 1 BB on 93 pitches (65 strikes)
After a walk to Chris Taylor and a Dozier single, Yasiel Puig gave the Dodgers their first lead of the night with a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh off reliever Corbin Burnes. That was the Dodgers first lead since Saturday.
The Brewers made a pitching change to left-hander Dan Jennings, but Enrique Hernandez executed a perfect safety squeeze to bring home Taylor. The Dodgers took a 4-2 lead. There’s some small ball for you.
Scott Alexander couldn’t hold the two-run lead in the eighth. Costly walks to Jesus Aguilar and Ryan Braun set up Mike Moustakas who doubled in a run. Manger Dave Roberts ordered an intentional walk to Hernan Perez to load the bases with two outs. Pina came up with a line drive RBI single that deflected off Taylor’s glove, his third base hit on the night. The game was all tied up 4-4.
The Dodgers had an opportunity in the bottom of the eighth with runners at second and third and two outs. Grandal singled, and Dozier hit a ground-rule double off right-hander Jeremy Jeffress. Moustakas made an outstanding play at the hot corner and threw out Taylor to end the threat with a game-saving play.
Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth, and the Dodgers were all set up for a walk-off. Puig opened the bottom of the ninth with a double to center field, representing the winning run. Corey Knebel retired Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Manny Machado thereafter, stranding Puig at third and sending the game to extra innings.
Dylan Floro pitched a 1-2-3 10th.
Matt Kemp snapped his 0-for-26 drought with a leadoff single off Matt Albers in the bottom half of the 10th. Then Grandal, whose torrid July continues into August, crushed a two-run game-winning home run.
The Dodgers and Brewers wrap up their four-game series on Thursday. Clayton Kershaw (4-5, 2.52 ERA, 3.07 FIP) will take on Jhoulys Chacin (10-3, 3.45 ERA, 3.91 FIP). Justin Turner is expected to be activated from the DL. First pitch is at 6:00 PM PT.
Home runs: Yasmani Grandal 2 (19), Brian Dozier (17)
WP - Dylan Floro (4-2): 1 IP, 0 hits
LP - Matt Albers (3-3): 0 IP, 2 runs, 2 hits