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August 18, 2011

Kershaw silences the red hot Brewers’

by @ 9:12 pm. Filed under 2011 Dodgers

MILWAUKEE — Clayton Kershaw was finally able to put the sizzling Milwaukee Brewers in their place.

Milwaukee (73-52) has been on a tear of opponents since the All-Star break, having won 19 of their last 21 prior to Thursday’s matchup with Los Angeles.  The Brewers’ were looking for their seventh straight win to go perfect a 7-0 on their seven-game home stand.  Milwaukee also possess the best home record at 47-16, so other teams better keep winning if they want to avoid the Brewers’ having home field advantage in the divisional and championship playoffs; we already know that because of the All-Star game, whom ever wins the NL pennant, they will host the fall classic.

Kershaw (15-5) was phenomenal against a team that would intimidate any young pitcher.  He went eight shutout innings in which he allowed just five-hits, lowering his ERA to 2.60.

Brewers’ starter, Marco Estrada, pitched five-innings in a losing effort as his surrendered solo homerun to Rod Barajas in the second-inning gave him the loss.

Milwaukee though struggled mightily offensively because their two big bats were silenced by Kershaw.  Both Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder went a combined 1 for 7 in Thursday’s loss to the Dodgers’.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Brewers’ had a great opportunity to tie the game at 1-all or jump ahead of the Dodgers’, but could not do so.  Jerry Hairston hit a one-out double, but all Braun and Fielder could do was fly out to end the inning, giving their fans little to cheer for.

After that, Los Angeles scored two-runs apiece in the seventh and eighth en-route to a 5-1 victory over the N.L. Central leading Brewers’.

Barajas hit a two-out double to keep the seventh alive.  Jamey Carroll then singled him home and Kershaw reached base on a throwing error by Milwaukee pitcher, Kameron Loe that allowed Carroll to score, giving Los Angeles a 3-0 lead.

In the eighth, the Dodgers’ extended their lead further as both Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp went back-to-back on one-out singles.  Juan Rivera’s sacrifice fly scored Ethier and a single by Aaron Miles gave the Dodgers’ their fifth run of the afternoon.

Milwaukee’s offensive must have been expecting a night game because that is when the bats came alive.  Braun hit a one-out triple in the ninth, coming home for the Brewers’ lone run on Prince’s sacrifice fly.  Casey McGehee followed with a single before Mark Kotsay popped out to end the game that prevented a Brewers’ four-game series sweep.

The Dodgers’ will now fly to Denver to take on the Rockies before having to travel back east to finish their season series with the St. Louis Cardinals.  Then they will travel all the way back to the west coast for short six-game home stand.

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