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Bullpen game leads to sixth straight loss

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The Dodgers’ record is now at .500

Milwaukee Brewers v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images

The Dodgers still can’t get out of their funk. The team’s 4-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night extends their losing streak to six games.

Cody Bellinger drove in the team’s lone run of the game, hitting a home run on his bobblehead night. This was his ninth homer on the season, leading the National League in the statistic.

There was a vacant spot on the Dodgers starting rotation with Hyun-Jin Ryu’s admittance to the injured list, so manager Dave Roberts ultimately decided to put the game in the hands of the bullpen.

Caleb Ferguson got the official start on the mound for LA. He threw a total of 51 pitches in 2 23 innings, allowing just one run to score, courtesy of a home run by Mike Moustakas. This start is by far his longest appearance this season, throwing more than double the amount of pitches in his previous-high.

Dennis Santana, who was recently recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City, came in to relieve Ferguson in the third inning, getting the last out of the inning. Santana would allow three more runs to score, giving the Brewers a 4-1 lead before being replaced the fifth inning with no outs.

Though the Brewers extended their lead with Santana on the mound, the Dodgers offense did not come to the rescue. The team simply couldn’t break through to score more than one run on right-handed pitcher Zach Davies. Davies allowed only one run to score (the Bellinger home run) on eight hits, striking out six batters while he was at it.

Milwaukee had just one more hit in the game, but were able to snag just a few more runs. Two of their runs came by the home run ball, and the other two were driven in by a bases-loaded single.

The final four relievers for the Dodgers were able to hold the score, but as previously mentioned, the bats couldn’t deliver any support.

Look ahead

The Dodgers attempt to avoid getting swept for the second time in a row, sending Ross Stripling to the bump.