The last week of meaningless games didn’t go well
LOS ANGELES – Fortunately for the Milwaukee Brewers in the playoffs, the regular season ends Sunday afternoon.
Milwaukee’s playoff game after the division continued to go wrong on Saturday night with a whipped 8-3 by Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium. The loss left the Brewers 1-4 on their last road trip that didn’t include a single meaningful game for them.
The Dodgers remained keenly interested, however, thanks to an earlier loss to the San Francisco Giants that kept Los Angeles’ hopes of a first-place tie in the NL West and the chance to avoid alive. joker dice against St. Louis.
If the Giants lose again Sunday at home to the San Diego Padres and the Dodgers complete a Brewers sweep, San Francisco would host Game No. 163 on Monday against Los Angeles, with the winner taking the division and the loser playing at home. in the game against the Cardinals.
Asked if the folks in San Francisco weren’t too happy with the Brewers’ approach to these games, manager Craig Counsell replied, “I mean, we’re getting ready for next Friday. our job, we try to win the games but we have to prioritize the things that will help us win from next Friday.
“This is our job. This is what we will continue to do.”
Beyond the chance to tie the franchise record of 96 wins, the only consequence at stake for the Brewers was starting pitcher Corbin Burnes’ Cy Young Award bid. That program took a hit when he yielded a three-run home run in the first inning to Justin Turner and came out after two innings.
The three earned runs in two innings increased Burnes’s ERA from 2.29 to 2.43, still keeping him ahead of the Dodgers’ Max Scherzer (2.46) for the lead of the National League (and major leagues). But Los Angeles’ Walker Buehler (2.49) could go under both with, say, six shutouts on Sunday.
If the Dodgers can force a No.163 game with the Giants on Monday, Scherzer would likely have the chance to reclaim the ERA lead in what would count as a regular season game.
Afterward, Burnes said he had a choice of throwing a short stint against Los Angeles or skipping his last round and resting for the playoffs, and eagerly picked the former.
“Today it was more about finding work,” said Burnes. “Obviously I hadn’t pitched since last Saturday. Not having playing action for two weeks until the playoffs wasn’t ideal. So it was sort of up to me to decide if I wanted to launch or if I didn’t want to launch.
“I wanted to at least make sure I got out and got work. As for how many innings I was going to play, we were just going to judge it and see how it went. throws in the first two innings, so we felt we had enough work and mixed up a few things. It was just about getting out and touching the mound, and doing a little bit of work. “
Burnes pulled off a strong comeback on AJ Pollock’s stick from his rump in the second inning, but ensured that wasn’t the reason he was out.
“Straight in the right buttock,” he said when asked where the bullet had hit him. “The butt is fine. Thanks for asking. There’s a lot of cheek in there. It’s great.”
Burnes had already built a very solid record to win the Cy Young Award with milestones such as 58 batting strikeouts before delivering his first walks of the season, striking out 10 batters in a row against the Cubs. on August 11 and pitching the first eight innings of a non-hitting game in Cleveland on September 11.
Beyond the ERA, Burnes entered the game leading the majors with an fWAR of 7.6, 12.55 strikeouts per nine innings, a walkout rate of 6.97 on walks and 0.33 circuits allowed per nine heats. He led the National League with just 1.80 walks in nine innings and was second with an EHIP of 0.93, third with 230 strikeouts and fourth with an opponent’s batting average of 0.200.
“Whatever you want to say, it was remarkable, that’s what it was,” Counsell said of Burnes’ performance. “He’s had a historic season. He’s done things that no pitcher has ever done and it’s a pleasure to watch. I give Corbin so much credit for how he’s built himself. proud of him.
“I’m proud of (pitching coach) Chris Hook for his help. (Burnes) had a really good year last year, he struggled before that, but the way he kept going. improving is something every player should take note of. “
As for Burnes’ decision to pitch instead of skipping his last start, Counsell said, “I mean, that’s been a big part of Corbin’s season history. He wants to be there. “helps to be there. He’s such an aggressive defying mentality. It really works for him.”
“And he’s channeled that aggression in a really good way this year as well. It’s another part of him that’s improved so much this year, how he deals with what happens during the game, how he deals with between games. innings. He’s competitive, but there’s an ease about him that’s really cool. “
While Counsell wasn’t ready to announce, the assumption is that Burnes’ next assignment will be NLDS Game 1 against Atlanta at American Family Field. And if he gets the ball that day, he promised he would be ready.
“If so, I’m going to go over there and give it all I got,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been doing this for 28 starts this year. If I get the chance to get the ball back I’m going to go out and do my best to shoot some shots and give us a chance to win a baseball game.
“The Braves are a good team and they played some good baseball here at the end of the month to get that playoff spot. If I get that opportunity, it’ll just be a normal start for me; come out and give it away. all I can. ”
The Brewers, who lost for the ninth time in 13 games, scored for a point in first left-hander Julio Urías, who became the only 20-game winner in the majors this season with 6 ⅓ innings dominating. With a shot down, Willy Adames walked, climbed to second on a double to the left of Eduardo Escobar and scored on a first goal by Christian Yelich.
Dodgers outfielder Pollock helped Urías avoid further damage by leading over the wall to bring back Tyrone Taylor’s foul for the third out. It turned out that Escobar’s brace would be the only hit of the game until a homerun with a ninth inning takedown by Adames for the Brewers, who have looked listless at home since winning NL Central. Last Sunday against the New York Mets. .
Escobar would follow that home run with his second double bagging of the game, giving him 1,000 career hits. Tyrone Taylor also scored a single in a run in the ninth before veteran left-hander David Price ended the game.
Of being held in just one shot by Urías, Counsell said: “I thought we had a good swing of the bats. We hit a number of balls extremely hard towards the outfield which are (potentially) doubles, really. (potential) double. A little unlucky in that regard, but he’s a tough customer and he shut us down. “
Burnes knocked down the first two batters late in the inning, but things took a turn for the worse when Trea Turner hit a single from opposite field to the right and Max Muncy shot five lengths. Burnes then fell behind in Justin Turner’s tally, 3-1, and put a cutter in a bad position, and the Dodgers third baseman pushed him to the left for a three-run homerun.
It was only the seventh homerun granted this season by Burnes, who pitched a 1-2-3 second heat before leaving.
Right-hander Colin Rea, recently called up from Class AAA Nashville, replaced the Brewers in the third inning, bringing the franchise record to 61 players used this season. He threw a scoreless frame but then ran into all kinds of trouble in the fourth as the Dodgers scored three points to increase their lead to 6-1.
That margin fell to 7-1 in the fifth when Corey Seager slammed his 16th homer of the season, a practice on the right-field line, and to 8-1 on back-to-back doubles in the eighth by Trea Turner and Muncy.
Rea has covered the Dodgers’ last six innings at bat, allowing seven hits and five runs.
“Colin has done an incredible job and that puts us in a very good position tomorrow to be more efficient with our pitch,” said Counsell. “Six innings in relief is a starter, but getting six innings is not easy to do. He threw a ton of hitting tonight and threw some good things.
“His cutter went off as the game went on and he got some quick outs with that. It put us in a good position for tomorrow. We’re going to have a box game tomorrow but we have a lot of new launchers to do it. “
A way: 50-30
Sunday: Brewers at Dodgers, 2:10 p.m. Milwaukee TBD vs. Los Angeles TBD. Television: Bally Sports Wisconsin / TBS. Radio: AM-620.