The Dodgers extend their win streak to six after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-3.
Kiké Hernández broke the stalemate in the 8th, hitting a homer on an 0-2 pitch off of Josh Hader. It was the first time Hernandez hit a home run on on 0-2 count and the first time has allowed a homer on an 0-2 count. His three-run shot was the game winner.
So #Dodgers Kike' Hernandez had never homered on an 0-and-2 pitch before. #Brewers Josh Hader had never given up a homer on an 0-and-2 pitch before.— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 20, 2019
So ... yeah, of course.
Five of the eight total runs scored in the game were courtesy of the long ball, but don’t let that fool you - the game was truly a pitchers’ duel.
Ross Stripling allowed a two-run home run to Christian Yelich in the first inning, but had an otherwise decent outing. He threw a total of 4 2⁄3 innings, giving up four hits and three walks while striking out eight before being replaced by Scott Alexander.
Opposite of Stripling was Jhoulys Chacín, who also had a modest outing. In his five innings pitched, he allowed two runs to score off of five hits and three walks.
Alex Verdugo got the best of Chacín in the 2nd, hitting a two-out double to drive in Bellinger, who singled at the start of the inning.
Bellinger came up in the 3rd with the bases loaded, but didn’t get the results he is used to. Instead of hitting a home run, he would hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the runner at third to tie the score at two.
No runs would score in the next four innings, with the pitchers on the mound getting their jobs done. On the Dodgers side, Alexander, Dylan Floro and Pedro Báez combined for 2 1⁄3 scoreless innings. For the Brewers, Alex Claudio and Junior Guerra threw scoreless outings before Hader gave the Dodgers the lead.
Joe Kelly came in to pitch in the 8th with a 5-2 lead and wasn’t able to hold the score. He gave up a solo home run to Eric Thames, but was able to get out of the inning otherwise untouched.
Kenley Jansen came in to pitch for the third game in a row and snagged his third save in a row and solidify the Dodgers’ sixth win in a row.
WP: Baez (1-1), 2⁄3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
LP: Hader (0-1), 1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K
SV: Jansen (7), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers look to win the series against the Brewers on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 pm PDT.