An hour earlier than first pitch, one of many in-game hosts at Dodger Stadium described Wednesday night time’s contest between the Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers as a “Game 7.”
In a single sense, it was … type of.
Getting into Wednesday, the Dodgers and Brewers had break up the primary six video games of their season collection — every taking two throughout a four-game set in Milwaukee final week, then buying and selling victories within the first two video games of this week’s rematch in Los Angeles.
“For me, it’s a little bit of preparation for the playoffs,” shortstop Trea Turner mentioned of the current matchups in opposition to the Brewers.
And in Wednesday’s collection finale, the Brewers had the possibility to affix what has been an unique membership this season — when solely two different groups have performed a number of collection in opposition to the Dodgers and gained extra video games than they’ve misplaced.
Alas, the Dodgers as an alternative gained the rubber match in blowout vogue, blitzing the Brewers in a 12-6 victory in entrance of 47,216 at Dodger Stadium.
After briefly trailing within the high of the primary on a Willy Adames solo house run, the Dodgers scored 4 runs within the backside of the inning, through which they despatched 9 batters to the plate and compelled Brewers starter Adrian Houser to throw 39 pitches.
Within the third, they negated one other Brewers run within the high half of the inning on an RBI grounder from Austin Barnes.
Then within the fourth, they pulled away for good, getting a sacrifice fly from Max Muncy, a two-run double from Joey Gallo and an RBI single from Barnes.
By the point the night time was over — the Dodgers bought one other sac fly from Muncy within the fifth and a two-run homer within the sixth from Barnes, who completed with 4 RBIs — the Dodgers had recorded double-digit runs in back-to-back video games for the primary time since September 2018.
Additionally they have a successful document this season in opposition to 10 of the Nationwide League’s 14 different golf equipment — they’ve misplaced season collection solely to the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates, break up six video games with the Washington Nationals, and nonetheless must settle their matchup with the New York Mets in Queens subsequent week — and an eight-game lead for the league’s high playoff seed.
Is all of it beginning to really feel just a little too simple?
“Sometimes it feels that way,” mentioned Turner, considered one of 5 Dodgers with two hits Wednesday. “But when you think like that, you get your butt kicked the next day.
“I think we do a good job of just focusing on what’s in front of us,” Turner added. “I know that’s boring, but I think that’s why we’re in the situation we’re in.”
The very best a part of the Dodgers (86-37) efficiency Wednesday won’t have been their offense, both.
On the mound, left-hander Andrew Heaney had considered one of his finest begins of the yr, finishing six innings for simply the second time whereas throwing a season-high 91 pitches.
“Feeling better,” mentioned Heaney, who has made 5 straight begins this month after spending a lot of the primary half of the yr on the injured listing with shoulder troubles. “Trying to get deeper into games, be a bit more pitch efficient.”
That’s what Heaney did on Wednesday, limiting the Brewers (65-58) to only one extra run, a Hunter Renfroe RBI double within the third, whereas putting out 10 batters for a second consecutive outing.
Heaney has 62 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings this yr, to associate with a 1.94 ERA.
“I think we’ve done a really nice job of progressively building him up, and not too fast,” supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned.
“He’s a big part of what we’re trying to do here this year.”
Rehab updates on pitchers
For months, the Dodgers have questioned about what number of of their injured pitchers can be wholesome in time to assist out within the playoffs.
Now, the query is shifting, with the priority much less about well being, and extra about how nicely their injured crop of relievers will likely be pitching when the postseason begins.
“It’s kind of, [are they] healthy enough and also [are we] feeling confident in the performance?” supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned.
Presently, the Dodgers have 4 pitchers out on minor-league rehab assignments: Blake Treinen, Victor González and Tommy Kahnle in triple-A Oklahoma Metropolis; and Danny Duffy within the Arizona Advanced League.
Starter Clayton Kershaw and reliever Yency Almonte are additionally on the injured listing, however are anticipated again within the coming weeks.
The 4 rehabbing relievers have all missed important time — if not all the season to this point.
At this stage, although, Roberts mentioned the Dodgers are “pretty certain that with where the calendar is at, we can get them all healthy.”
The larger query is more and more turning into whether or not, after lacking a lot time, these pitchers will rediscover the kind of kind that might warrant a spot on the membership’s postseason roster.
“That takes some time,” Roberts mentioned. “But those guys are easy to bet on.”
Lux sits out once more
Gavin Lux missed a second straight recreation with neck/higher again discomfort, however mentioned he may nonetheless return to the lineup as quickly as Friday or Saturday.