National League Game Summary - Milwaukee at Los Angeles
(Monday, May 28th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 3, Los Angeles 2
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Aramis Ramirez homered and knocked in two
runs as the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2, in the first
test of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium.
Shaun Marcum (3-3) allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking
out nine through seven innings to earn the win. John Axford stranded the tying
run on second in the ninth to record his eighth save of the year.
"When he was really good last year for all that time this is what he did,"
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said about Marcum. "He gets the hitters thinking
offspeed and he throws a fastball by them, and his location was great."
Rickie Weeks also had an RBI for the Brewers, who snapped a two-game slide for
their third win in five games.
Aaron Harang (3-3) gave up three runs -- one earned -- on four hits and three
walks in five-plus innings to suffer the loss.
Andre Ethier and Jerry Hairston Jr. each had two hits and an RBI for Los
Angeles, which had won its previous two games.
Axford entered for the ninth holding a 3-2 lead and issued a one-out walk to
pinch-hitter Ivan De Jesus, who was immediately erased on a fielder's choice
off the bat of Tony Gwynn Jr.
Gwynn then advanced to second on a wild pitch to place the tying run in
scoring position, but Elian Herrera foul tipped a 2-2 fastball into the glove
of George Kottaras to end the game.
The Dodgers took the early advantage when Gwynn led off the home first with a
base hit, stole second, moved to third on Herrera's sacrifice bunt and came
home on an Ethier double to left.
Los Angeles failed to add to its lead in the third inning by leaving the bases
loaded and the Brewers were able to tie the game in fourth on Ramirez's
leadoff blast over the right-center field wall.
Milwaukee then took the lead in the sixth when Norichika Aoki reached first on
Harang's throwing error, advanced to second on a Ryan Braun walk and rounded
third on a Ramirez base hit to center, knocking Harang out of the game.
Javy Guerra entered in relief and after a Kottaras sacrifice bunt moved Braun
to third, Weeks lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home Braun and
give the Brewers a 3-1 advantage.
"This ends up being a one-run game basically and a game that you don't know
what's going to happen. Anything could happen, but starting an inning with the
one out instead of starting with no outs, that changes things," Dodgers
manager Don Mattingly said about Harang's error.
After the Dodgers stranded a man on third in the sixth, they were able to cut
into their deficit in the eighth off Francisco Rodriguez when Bobby Abreu hit
a leadoff single, stole second and came home on a Hairston base hit to left.
Milwaukee placed first baseman Travis Ishikawa on the 15-day disabled list,
retroactive to May 26, and recalled second baseman Brooks Conrad from Triple-A
Nashville earlier Monday...Los Angeles placed pitcher Ted Lilly on the 15-day
disabled list and recalled pitcher Michael Antonini from Triple-A Albuquerque
prior to the game...Milwaukee has won six of the last eight meetings between
the teams...The Brewers improved to 9-15 on the road, while the Dodgers fell
to 21-6 at home this season.
05/29 03:42:13 ET
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