There are no words to describe what happened in Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon. I’ll try my best to summarize it all up as best I can with this recap. Most importantly, though, the Dodgers defeated the Brewers 16-4 to end their losing streak.
I know what you’re probably thinking. “Blake, if they scored 16, everyone must have driven in a run, right?” Well voice of reason, in most cases you’d be right... just not today.
AJ Pollock and Matt Beaty each had a historic day at the plate. Beaty drove in a career-high seven runs, with his teammate Pollock showing him up by driving in eight runs. The duo became the first pair of players in Dodgers history to record at least seven RBI in one game, and only the sixth pair of teammates in MLB history to pull it off.
Pollock also became the sixth player in franchise history to drive in eight runs in a game. The crazy part is, Pollock was a few feet away from hitting a home run in the eighth inning. That homer would have given him 10 RBI in the game, which would have set a Dodgers record.
Alright, let’s recap how this all went down and keep score.
With the bases loaded in the first inning, Beaty hit an infield single with the bases loaded to give the Dodgers the lead. Just like that, the Dodgers were up 1-0. (Beaty 1/Pollock 0)
Well, that didn’t last long, as Pollock stepped up next and hit a grand slam, the second of his career. (Beaty 1/Pollock 4)
After scoring five runs in the first inning, the Dodgers responded with four more in the second thanks to Beaty. He had the bases loaded and barely sent this one over the fence. Luckily he got enough help from the wind, as his grand slam gave the Dodgers the 9-0 lead. (Beaty 5/Pollock 4)
Beaty and Pollock became the first pair of Dodgers teammates to hit a grand slam in the same game since Adrian Beltre and Shawn Green did it on May 21, 2000.
Beaty extended his lead in the fourth inning. After back-to-back singles, Beaty drove in two runs with a single, putting him at seven RBI in only the fourth inning. (Beaty 7/Pollock 4) Since being brought back up from the alternate site, Beaty has nine hits, 11 RBI and four walks. He’s been seeing the ball better than anyone over the past week.
Pollock was back in the sixth inning looking to chip into his deficit against Beaty. Well, he tied things up. With two on, Pollock hit a three-run homer for his second home run of the afternoon, tying the RBI counter at seven for each player. (Beaty 7/Pollock 7)
With the battle all knotted up, Pollock stepped up to the plate in the eighth inning with two on. He was in a prime position to take the lead on Beaty. Well, he did, and he just missed setting the Dodgers single-game record for RBI in a game with 10. Pollock doubled, missing a home run by a couple of feet. Instead of his third homer of the day, he had to settle for a one-run double, putting him at 8 RBI on the afternoon.
They each had a chance to add on more in the ninth inning, as each player stepped up to the plate with runners on the corners. Unfortunately, neither could bring in a run to add to their total. (FINAL: Beaty 7/Pollock 8)
For good measure, Chris Taylor also had a pretty damn good afternoon. He scored five runs, becoming the first Dodgers player to score that many in a game since Shawn Green, who scored six on May 23, 2002... also in Milwaukee. He became the 9th player in franchise history to score at least 5 runs in a game.
Oh, lost in the amazing offense was Julio Urias’ outstanding performance. After a very rough couple of games from the bullpen, the Dodgers desperately needed Urias to give them a lot of innings of save some arms in the bullpen. Well, he did just that.
Urias gave the Dodgers seven innings and allowed only one run. He struck out 10, the second time this season he’s reached double-digits in strikeouts. He ate innings, but he was just in cruise control all game. The Brewers offense really couldn’t get anything going off of him. LA couldn’t have asked for a better outing from Urias.
Mike Kickham pitched in the 8th and 9th inning for the Dodgers. Kickham was called up earlier in the day and added to the 40-man roster after Dustin May was placed on the 10-day IL and Corey Knebel was moved to the 60-day IL. Kickham allowed three runs in his two innings of work.
WP: Julio Urias (4-0) 7 IP, 1 ER, 10 SO
LP: Alec Bettinger (0-1) 4 IP, 11 ER, 11 H
HR: AJ Pollock, 2 (4) Matt Beaty (1)