Cody Bellinger hit his 10th home run of the year to break a scoreless tie in the 6th inning and Max Muncy followed that with a two-run shot of his own as the Dodgers beat the Brewers 3-1. Julio Urías pitched another gem in his last start before being sent to the bullpen, going six shutout innings with a career-high 9 strikeouts.
Coming into the game, Bellinger was tied with Christian Yelich for the NL home run lead and he trailed Khris Davis for the most homers in the Major Leagues this year. Then in the sixth inning, when Bellinger hit his homer, he took the lead in the NL and tied Davis. Unfortunately, Bellinger’s NL lead only lasted for 3 innings as Yelich homered in the ninth.
Bellinger came to the plate in a 0-0 tie when Brewers’ reliever, Matt Albers, threw a fastball that wasn’t quite high enough. In typical Bellinger style, the ball got out of the yard in a hurry.
Bellinger’s homer was followed very shortly by Muncy’s two-run shot. With A.J. Pollock on base, Muncy hit a fastball the other way for a homer over the left-center field wall. Muncy’s homer ended up being the difference in the game after Yelich’s homer in the ninth trimmed the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1.
And now we get to talk about Urías. The young pitcher, who reminds me of the young Clayton Kershaw, threw 6 shutout innings, allowing only 1 hit and 2 walks. If this start doesn’t scream dominance, I don’t know what will.
What A Throw
In the bottom of the 8th, Alex Verdugo got Joe Kelly out of trouble with an incredible throw. Hernán Pérez was on second with two outs when Lorenzo Cain lined a single to left. Despite the fact that Yelich was up next and had the ability to tie the game with one swing (Yelich did homer when he came to the plate in the 9th), the Brewers decided to send Pérez to the plate. But Verdugo made an incredible throw tracked at 98.4mph to nab Pérez at home and end the inning.
The Dodgers look to extend their winning streak to 6 games on Friday night. Ross Stripling will take the mound for the Dodgers against Jhoulys Chacín. In his last start, Stripling started the Dodgers’ winning streak with 8 dominant innings against the Brewers. In that same game, Chacín landed on the other end of the dominance spectrum, allowing 6 earned runs in just 2.1 innings. The rematch between these two pitchers will take place at 5:10 pm.