Although the Dodgers could have secured a series victory against the Brewers with a win in Thursday’s finale, they came up on the short end of a 5-3 loss, resulting in a 2-2 series split.
Lefty Andrew Heaney got the start for Los Angeles, and although he looked good at times — as shown by his impressive 10 strikeouts — he was still unable to last through five full innings of work.
Heaney ended up throwing 89 pitches over 4-2/3 frames, surrendering five runs — three of which were earned — on five hits and a walk. Three of those five hits were long balls, with two coming off the bat of veteran Andrew McCutcheon.
The bullpen quartet of Reyes Moronta, David Price, Phil Bickford and Alex Vesia threw shutout ball the rest of the way and were nearly perfect for the Dodgers, aside from a walk surrendered by Moronta and a double allowed by Bickford.
By the time the Dodgers got on the board in the sixth inning, the Brewers were already up 5-0.
Cody Bellinger made his return to the lineup after a two-game hiatus, starting in centerfield and batting ninth. He went 0-for-4 with three punchouts, as his season average dropped to a paltry .204.
After experiencing a bit of a hot streak lately, Max Muncy also cooled off on Thursday by going 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
Former Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes picked up the win for Milwaukee, throwing just 5-2/3 innings and surrendering three earned runs on six hits and a walk. The righty improved his record to 9-5. Milwaukee’s Devin Williams was credited with his eighth save.
Up next for the Dodgers is a homestand beginning with a three-game set against the Marlins, who currently sit in fourth place in the NL Central, trailing the Mets by 24 games.
After the Marlins leave town, the Dodgers will have another shot at the Brewers, who will arrive at Dodger Stadium for a three-game series beginning Monday.