The Milwaukee Brewers (68-55) did something Saturday that no other baseball team could do since May 28th, and that was to beat Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw. The Brewers got eight solid innings from Yovani Gallardo, played error free defense and hit two home runs to win 3-2 at Chavez Ravine.
It was a battle all game long between both ace pitchers, but it was Gallardo and the Brewers in the end to extend their lead in the NL-Central to three games with losses by the Pirates and Cardinals. Gallardo (8-6, 3.32 ERA) went eight innings allowing six hits and one run while recording three strikeouts.
Entering Saturday, Kershaw (14-3, 1.86 ERA) had not lost since May 28th while posting a record of (11-0) over 13 starts. The Brewers got to the southpaw in the fourth inning when Carlos Gomez led off the inning with a double and would score on a two-run opposite field home run by Ryan Braun. “He has been feeling well in batting practice last couple days, good to see it carried over to the game,” manager Roenicke said.
After the Dodgers (70-54) got one run back in there half of the fourth, Gomez would give the Brewers their insurance run of the game in the sixth inning hitting a solo home run to left.
Gomez and Aramis Ramirez finished with two hits off Kershaw who managed to pitch a complete game with five hits allowed, three runs and eleven strikeouts.
Gallardo would finish with 96 pitches and was not given opportunity to try for a complete game. Instead, manager Ron Roenicke went to closer Francisco Rodriguez who picked up his Major League leading 38th save surpassing legendary Brewer Rollie Fingers on the all-time saves list despite giving up a solo home run. “Yo was outstanding and had great command with great fastball all game,” said Roenicke.
For the second straight series against the Dodgers, the Brewers have a chance to sweep. Wily Peralta (14-7, 3.46 ERA) will pitch for Milwaukee looking to regain his Major League leading win total. The Dodgers will counter with right-hander Dan Haren (10-9.4.5 ERA).