The Dodgers were up against a tough challenge in the top of the 8th when Hader came out of the pen. But the Dodgers did what they needed to do against the most dominant reliever in baseball. They worked the count, forcing him to throw a lot of pitches. They managed to put two runners on for Hernández, who launched a high fastball into the Brewers bullpen.
The end of the game had a completely different outcome than the beginning predicted. Ross Stripling was trying to duplicate his last outing (8 innings 1 ER), but it didn’t go as planned. Before an out was recorded, the Brewers had a 2-0 lead courtesy of Christian Yelich.
Stripling ended up lasting just 4.2 innings, but the bullpen was there for him, keeping the Brewers from scoring until Joe Kelly gave up a solo homer in the 8th.
Dodger hitters battled back from the 2-0 deficit they faced after an inning, scoring a run in the second and third innings to tie the game. In the second, Alex Verdugo hit a double to left-center field that allowed Cody Bellinger to score. In the second, Bellinger missed a grand slam by about two yards, being forced to settle for a sacrifice fly.
The Dodgers will look to win their 7th straight game at 4:10 pm. Hyun-Jin Ryu will be activated off the injured list and start for the Dodgers and Chase Anderson will take the mound for the Brewers. Ryu was 2-0 with a 3.07 ERA before a groin strain forced him to miss a couple of starts. Anderson is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA this year.