The Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 17-4 tonight in the second game of a three-game series. For a full recap and boxscore click here.
THE BARE ESSENTIALS:
The Dodgers tagged Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo for nine runs on 10 hits over 5.1 innings, scoring four runs against him in both the first and sixth innings.
Matt Kemp matched his career-highs with four hits and five RBI on the night, going 4-for-5 with a double and a homer. Kemp now leads the Dodgers with 69 RBI (tied with Andre Ethier) and is second with 15 homers. Kemp’s .323 batting average is tied for fourth in the National League.
Manny Ramirez blasted career home run No. 539 tonight, snapping an RBI-drought of 44 at-bats, which tied his career high, set in 1997. Ramirez finished the evening 2-for-4 with a homer, double, three RBI, and two runs scored, raising his average on the season to .310
Dodger starter Hiroki Kuroda won for the first time in six starts, going 6.0 innings and giving up three runs. The outing was just Kuroda’s fourth quality start of the season and his second straight.
Joe Torre gave the Dodgers a break from batting practice today and they responded with a season-high 17 runs, 18 hits, and a season-high tying eight extra-base hits.
The Dodgers have the best record in baseball, 1.5 games ahead of the Angels (.606). Los Angeles has had a share of the best record in the game since the start of play on May 3. The Dodgers lead in the National League West remains 6.5 games over the Colorado Rockies.
The Dodgers tonight became the third team in Major League Baseball to have four players accumulate at least 60 RBI. Casey Blake’s two RBI tonight gives him 61 on the season and he joins Matt Kemp (69), Andre Ethier (69), and James Loney (68) in the Dodger quartet. The Angels (Bobby Abreu, Kendry Morales, Torii Hunter, and Juan Rivera) and Phillies (Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Chase Utley, and Jayson Werth) are the only other teams to boast four 60-RBI men.
The 13-run victory was the Dodgers largest winning margin this season, besting their 12-run victory over Colorado on April 19. The 17 runs for the Dodgers were their most since Sept. 28, 2006 at Colorado and their most at Dodger Stadium since May 25, 1979 vs. the Reds.
Dodger reliever Ronald Belisario pitched in his first rehab outing tonight in San Bernardino and tossed a scoreless inning while striking out one and giving up one hit. Belisario has missed 24 games and hasn’t pitched since July 6, after being diagnosed with a strained right elbow.
The Dodgers look to take the series, sending RHP Jason Schmidt (2-1, 4.50)
Against RHP Braden Looper (9-5, 5.03) at 7:10 p.m.