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Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Attendance: 33,281
Dodgers and Brewers meet again in Milwaukee
Los Angeles Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers
- The Brewers took two of three from the Dodgers when the teams met in Los Angeles from April 12-14. Since last season (including playoffs), the Dodgers have outscored the Brewers 84-62 across 17 games but only hold a 9-8 advantage in wins.
- The Dodgers swept the Reds in a three-game series in Los Angeles. Cincinnati recorded a .194 on-base percentage in the series, the lowest allowed by the Dodgers in a three-game set since August 2017 against the Mets (.182 OBP, series started on August 4).
- The Brewers took two of three from the Cardinals, winning the first two games and dropping the third. Milwaukee hit eight home runs in the series and has now hit 17 of its 35 home runs (49 percent) this season against St. Louis having played seven of 19 games (37 percent) against the Cards this season.
- Cody Bellinger has an OPS of 1.412 (.512 OBP/.900 SLG) through 19 games played in 2019. That is the second-highest OPS by a Dodger through the players' first 19 games of a season in the past 100 years (qualified hitters). Matt Kemp started 2012 with a 1.455 OPS (.513 OBP/.942 SLG) through 19 games.
- Christian Yelich is slugging 1.150 with 20 RBI in 24 plate appearances with runners in scoring position this season. Among players who have had at least 15 opportunities with runners in scoring position, Yelich has the highest ratio of RBI to plate appearances (20/24 - .833).
- Zach Davies has gone 2-0 with a 1.53 in his first three starts of 2019. He was 2-7 with a 4.77 ERA in an injury-plagued 2018. Davies' ERA ranks fourth among National League starters with at least 15.0 innings pitched this season.
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If it's considered a quirk in the schedule, the Milwaukee Brewers don't seem to mind.
The Brewers will host the Los Angeles Dodgers to open a four-game series on Thursday, four days after Milwaukee finished taking two of three in Los Angeles last weekend.
Milwaukee has been facing a lot of familiar opponents lately. The Brewers, who ended last season with a seven-game loss to the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series, play either the Dodgers or St. Louis Cardinals in 17 of their first 26 games this season.
Milwaukee won the first two games last weekend before Los Angeles ended a six-game losing streak and avoided the sweep with a 7-1 win on Sunday.
"We won the series, so I think we did a decent job overall," Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters after the loss to the Dodgers on Sunday. "We've got four more (against the Dodgers) next weekend, and it'll be tough matchups."
Unlike the Cardinals, who haven't come close to containing Brewers right fielder Christian Yelich this season, the Dodgers kept the reigning NL MVP very quiet last weekend.
Yelich went 2-for-12 in the series without an RBI, walk or an extra-base hit.
Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal has also been red-hot at the plate and knows the Los Angeles pitchers as well as anyone after catching many of them the past four seasons.
Julio Urias (0-1, 5.27 ERA) is one of the pitchers Grandal spent a lot of time with, and the 22-year-old left-hander is scheduled to start the series opener.
Urias was roughed up in the last series opener against the Brewers on Friday, giving up six runs (five earned) and six hits over five innings. Grandal hit a two-run homer off Urias and drove in another run with an infield single.
"When you miss, you pay the price," Urias said afterward.
The Dodgers have been without third baseman Justin Turner the past two games because of soreness in his hamstring. Turner is hitting .302, but has just two doubles and no homers after totaling 31 doubles and 14 home runs last season.
Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger was hit in the knee by a pitch from Cincinnati Reds starter Luis Castillo in the third inning of a 4-3 win on Monday and left the game. He missed Tuesday's 6-1 victory against the Reds, but was back in the starting lineup Wednesday as Los Angeles completed the sweep with a 3-2 victory.
"We're going to get on a flight now, a happy flight, and get ready to play the Brewers," said Dodgers center fielder A.J. Pollock, who hit a three-run homer in Wednesday's win.
Bellinger came into Wednesday leading the National League in batting average (.433) and on-base percentage (.513), tied for the lead in home runs with Yelich (nine) and second to Yelich in RBIs (23). He went 1-for-3 with a run on Wednesday.
The Dodgers will face right-hander Zach Davies (2-0, 1.53 ERA) for the second time in five days. He allowed one run and eight hits in the 4-1 win on Saturday night. Bellinger accounted for the only run with a solo homer in the fourth.
Davies has allowed just one earned run in his past two outings. He went 5 2/3 innings against the visiting Chicago Cubs on April 7 and held them without an earned run in the 4-2 win.
--Field Level Media
Updated April 17, 2019
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Published: 2015-05-28 13:51:00
Updated: 2016-07-13 10:41:59
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