Los Angeles Dodgers’ bats fall silent in 4-1 loss to Milwaukee Brewers

first_imgFiers struck out five batters and allowed only a long home run by Adrian Gonzalez in the fourth inning. Gonzalez also homered Friday.Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez walked one batter and allowed a single to Gonzalez in the ninth inning. The Dodgers had runners at first and third — their only runner in scoring position all day — when the game ended on a routine groundout by Matt Kemp.“He’s always been good every time I’ve seen him,” Greinke said of Fiers, his teammate from 2011-12. “I don’t know if he had a tough year last year but I looked at his minor-league numbers this year (2.45 ERA, 0.948 WHIP for Triple-A Nashville) and they’re amazing. I was asking some guys in their organization and I think the main reason is the (major-league) pitching staff’s been so good. “He’s tough. He knows what he’s doing. He’s trippy.”Both Greinke and Mattingly compared Fiers’ repertoire to that of Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Josh Collmenter. The key difference: Collmenter has a 6.87 ERA over four games against the Dodgers this season.Greinke (12-8) allowed four runs and eight hits, walked one batter and struck out six. With a runner on first base, Davis crushed a 93-mph fastball to right-center field in the second inning. Gomez swatted a curveball off the left-field foul pole in the sixth.“The only pitch that kind of hurt was the Gomez pitch,” Greinke said. “The Scooter Gennett (single in the second inning) was well executed. Davis’ was well executed and they got two runs on that. They only scored one because of mistakes.”The loss continued what’s become a habit for the Dodgers in the second half: Dominating one series, then playing beneath their ability the next.Since the All-Star break, the Dodgers lost back-to-back series in St. Louis and Pittsburgh, then swept the Giants and Braves. They lost two out of three games to the lowly Chicago Cubs, then took three of four from the Angels, one of the American League’s best clubs.Against the Brewers, they’ve been outscored 13-4 in two games.Hanley Ramirez missed the game with an injury to his right side, believed to be a strained oblique muscle. Miguel Rojas got the start at shortstop and went 0 for 2.The second-place San Francisco Giants are also sliding. They lost their third straight game, 5-0 to Kansas City, and remain 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the National League West.Clayton Kershaw takes the ball in the series finale today. At stake is the best record in the National League. The Dodgers are 66-52, the Brewers 65-52. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Saturday, they couldn’t hit.“When I was with the Brewers, we scored like 11 runs a game,” Greinke said. “When that happens, it doesn’t matter what you do.”Milwaukee recalled right-hander Mike Fiers (1-1) from Triple-A to start his first game of the season. Fiers has never been able to stick in the big leagues over parts of four seasons, but he’s stuck it to the Dodgers twice — once in May 2012 and again on Saturday. He allowed only three hits, and six balls out of the infield, in eight outstanding innings.“He wasn’t a total mystery,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Fiers. “He’s coming right after us, got ahead in the count.”Using a fastball that topped out at 92 mph, a cutter, a curveball and an occasional changeup, Fiers looked better than his rudimentary repertoire would suggest. The 29-year-old right-hander exited to a standing ovation from the announced crowd of 40,553 at Miller Park.center_img MILWAUKEE — Around here, the only thing sliding downhill more than the Dodgers is Bernie Brewer.The mustachioed mascot, who goes for a ride down a yellow half-tube every time the home team homers, slid from his perch twice Saturday. Carlos Gomez and Khris Davis cranked a pair of long balls against Zack Greinke as the Dodgers lost to the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-1.If the Dodgers were finding different ways to win during the Freeway Series against the Angels, they have found a different way to lose their first two games against the Brewers. Friday, Justin Turner’s glove betrayed him in the seventh inning and the Dodgers’ bullpen coughed up a one-run lead.last_img read more