DLD Rewind: The Dodgers Drop Two of Three in an NLCS Rematch

The Dodgers returned to Chavez Ravine after tough seven-game road trip and unfortunately couldn’t get it done to get a series win. However, the team was capable of grabbing one to wrap the series up on a high note. Here’s how it went down this weekend:

Game One

The Dodgers and the Brewers were back to their old ways of the 2018 National League Championship Series, going punch-for-punch on offense until someone came out on top. In this one, it was Milwaukee who was left standing when the dust settled.

Offense

After falling behind early, Corey Seager delivered the first blow from the Dodgers’ offense with a solo shot into the seats in left-center field. The home run was Seager’s second of 2019 and was his first hit on the way to a 2 for 3 night with a pair of walks, an RBI, and two runs scored.

Cody Bellinger continued his dominance over opposing pitchers, launching his eighth home run in fourteen games and giving the Dodgers a brief lead. Bellinger finished with two hits, two RBIs, and a walk.

Joc Pederson got back on track on Friday night after sort of disappearing at the plate for a few games, going yard for the fifth time this season. Pederson’s night added a pair of RBIs to his total, going 1 for 4 at the plate.

Pitching

Julio Urias took the mound for the Dodgers and simply didn’t have his best stuff against the high-powered Brewers offense. Here’s a look at his final line:

Urias: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR (Loss, 0-1)

It was frankly a poor performance from Urias on Friday night and a continuation of how the Dodgers’ pitching has plagued them early this season.

The Dodgers bullpen had yet another sluggish night, but overall seemed to be victim to being overworked with the team’s starters being unable to go deep into any recent outings.

The team sent four different relievers out following Urias. Here’s how they performed on Friday night:

  • Kelly: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
  • Alexander: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
  • Floro: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
  • Jansen: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Overall, this wasn’t a loss that the Dodgers handed themselves. The team simply wasn’t their best against one of the toughest teams in the league, and they paid for it.

The Brewers (9-5) defeat the Dodgers (8-7), 8-5.

Player of the Game: Corey Seager (2 for 3, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI)

Game Two

The odds were against the Dodgers winning this game from the beginning, using a spot starter and having to battle the Brewers through all nine innings with a bullpen that has been under-performing all season.

Offense

The offensive story of missed opportunities hit the Dodgers on Saturday, with the team only mustering one run over nine innings.

Cody Bellinger was responsible for the team’s only run on a solo home run in the fourth inning, his ninth of the year. Bellinger has been an absolute force for the Dodgers this season and has been almost objectively the best hitter in the game this season.

The Dodgers were simply losing in their at-bats for the most part of this game, collecting zero walks on the day compared to the team’s six strikeouts. Overall, it was a rough game for any hitter in a Dodgers uniform.

Pitching

Caleb Ferguson took the mound for the Dodgers in a spot start situation on Saturday night and pitched well through his very short time on the mound. Here’s a look at Ferguson’s final line:

Ferguson: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR (Loss, 0-1)

While only going two and two thirds innings, the Dodgers expected a short outing from the usual relief arm. In a spot start, Ferguson’s one-run performance is as much as one could ask for.

In a game where relievers were responsible for recording all twenty-seven outs, the Dodgers called on five different bullpen arms following Caleb Ferguson. Here’s how the bullpen fared against the Brewers:

  • Santana: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
  • Garcia: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
  • Alexander: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
  • Baez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
  • Schultz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Dennis Santana was seemingly the only rough spot for the team’s bullpen in game two of this series. The other four players to emerge from the ‘pen allowed no runs, getting back on track to pitching the way that the team confidently believes they can.

The Brewers (10-5) defeat the Dodgers (8-8), 4-1.

Player of the Game: Cody Bellinger (2 for 4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI)

Game Three

The Dodgers return to their winning ways on Sunday with a strong offensive showing, putting an end to the six-game losing streak the team went on.

Offense

Alex Verdugo had a great day at the plate for the Dodgers on Sunday, starting his outing with a crucial two out, bases loaded knock that gave the Dodgers the lead in the first inning. The lead that Verdugo helped the Dodgers jump out to is a lead they would hold onto through the rest of the game, as Verdugo’s would be a 2 for 4 on the day with a home run in the fifth inning.

The only other player to go yard for either team in the game was the Dodgers’ left fielder, Joc Pederson, who sent a pitch into the right field seats in the second inning. The home run would count as Pederson’s sixth of the 2019 campaign.

Both Max Muncy and Chris Taylor finished with RBIs to their respective credits after both players drove in runners during a rally in the third inning. Taylor finished the day going 2 for 4, while Muncy went 1 for 3 with a walk on his line.

While the Dodgers as a team still only slashed in a 3 for 13 line with runners in scoring position, leaving nine runners on base, the team was able to take advantage of enough of their opportunities to be able to win this one by a sizable margin.

Pitching

Ross Stripling was nothing short of dominant in his start for the Dodgers on Sunday, making possibly the best start of his career when the team needed a strong outing the most. Here’s how he did:

Stripling: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR (Win, 1-1)

For a team that has struggled to see it’s starting pitchers go deep into their outings, Stripling’s eight inning, one run ball game was just what everyone around the organization wanted to see.

Because of Ross Stripling’s shut-down performance, the Dodgers’ bullpen was responsible for recording only three outs with a six-run lead. In this situation, the Dodgers called on Jaime Schultz to get the job done, and he did just that. Here’s a look at his final line:

Schultz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

The Dodgers (9-8) defeat the Brewers (10-6), 7-1.

Player of the Game: Ross Stripling (8.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 K, Win)

Up Next

This week, the Dodgers will continue their homestand and their streak of games against NL Central teams with a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds, currently last in the NL Central division, will come to Los Angeles with the return of Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Kyle Farmer, and Alex Wood.

  • Game One: Dodgers (Kershaw) vs. Reds (Castillo)
    • First Pitch: 7:10pm PT (10:10pm ET)
    • Watch: SportsNet LA, SNLA Espanol, FS-O, ESPN
    • Listen: WLW 700, Reds Radio Network, AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020
  • Promos: Jackie Robinson Day (Batting Practice Jersey Giveaway)
  • Game Two: Dodgers (Maeda) vs. Reds (Mahle)
    • First Pitch: 7:10pm PT (10:10pm ET)
    • Watch: SportsNet LA, SNLA Espanol, FS-O,
    • Listen: WLW 700, Reds Radio Network, AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020
  • Promos: N/A
  • Game Three: Dodgers (Buehler) vs. Reds (Gray)
    • First Pitch: 12:10pm PT (3:10pm ET)
    • Watch: SportsNet LA, SNLA Espanol, FS-O,
    • Listen: WLW 700, Reds Radio Network, AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020
  • Promos: N/A

Arrick Joel has covered the Dodgers since 2017. Follow him on Twitter at @ArrickJoel, and follow @DodgersLowDown for more.