Los Angeles at Milwaukee

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L.A. Dodgers (19-26) «1510000029121
Milwaukee (18-27)000001010291

Dodgers respond to Mattingly shakeup, roll over Brewers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly has been sharply critical of his slumping team.

For at least one day, everything was all right with the embattled Dodgers.

Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke drove in two runs each and Ramon Hernandez hit his first home run in the Dodgers' 9-2 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

Even after the victory, the Dodgers are last in the NL West at 19-26.

Rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-2), given a 7-0 lead, allowed two runs and six hits in a season-high 7 1/3 innings. Ryu has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his 10 appearances.

"The team gave me that lead, so I was really comfortable," Ryu said through an interpreter.

Before the game, Mattingly expressed his unhappiness with the team and benched All-Star right fielder Andre Ethier.

Mattingly, in the third and final year of his contract, discussed his club's lack of mental toughness and said he wanted a balanced team that has grit and fight.

He benched Ethier for the third time in six games and said he was "putting out my lineup that I feel is going to be the most competitive and going to compete the hardest."

Ethier was not informed of what his manager said until after the game by a member of the team's media relations staff, and said he took no offense to the comment.

"I'm struggling just like everyone else here to get a grip and get a handle on what's going on here, and never losing hope of what our main goal is," Ethier said. "Which is to figure this out and turn things around. And figure out a way to get back on top of this division."

Ethier said there's still time for the Dodgers to get going.

"Why not?" Ethier said. "We're not out of this by far. We're right there -- I don't mean right there -- but we're close.

"A good run the next month or two could put us right back where we want to be by the All-Star break. We have confidence in everyone in this room and everyone on this staff. Other than the pressure put on this team to perform right away and do what's it's done is the reason why these issues are coming up."

Every position player for Los Angeles except Adrian Gonzalez had at least one hit.

Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta (3-5) gave up six runs -- four earned -- and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings.

"I'm leaving too many pitches up, right down the middle, up in the zone," said Peralta after losing his third straight start. "Things are not happening my way."

Matt Kemp hit a run-scoring single in the first, and Los Angeles sent 11 batters to the plate in a five-run second.

Crawford had a two-run single, and Hernandez came home on an error by shortstop Jean Segura. Peralta then issued consecutive bases-loaded walks to Van Slyke and Nick Punto, his final two batters.

"[Peralta] left some balls up, but some were not hit that well and snuck between out infielders," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "His command left him a little bit."

Hernandez, making only his sixth start of the season, homered off Alfredo Figaro leading off the third for his first home run since Sept. 2 for Colorado.

Ryan Braun hit a home run in the sixth for the Brewers, his first since May 10 and ninth overall.

Notes

  • Hernandez leads active catchers with 160 home runs.
  • The Brewers are 1-6 on Wednesdays.
  • Milwaukee RHP Kyle Lohse will miss his next scheduled turn in the rotation because irritation in his throwing elbow. Mike Fiers (1-2) is slated to start in place of Lohse (1-5) on Saturday against visiting Pittsburgh.
 
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Carl Crawford has a big day, driving in two runs as Don Mattingly's Dodgers manage to win the series.  (USATSI)
Carl Crawford has a big day, driving in two runs as Don Mattingly's Dodgers manage to win the series. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

C. Crawford
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Los Angeles

H. Ryu
IP 7.1
H 6
ER 2
BB 2
K 4
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carl Crawford, LF4222100 .302
Mark Ellis, 2B5110013 .322
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5001011 .309
Matt Kemp, CF4121123 .270
Scott Van Slyke, RF4122102 .300
Nick Punto, SS4121101 .330
Juan Uribe, 3B5110003 .229
Ramon Hernandez, C3221200 .120
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P4000035 .238
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    Brandon League, P0000000 .000
Totals38912867  
Batting
2B - Scott Van Slyke 2 (2, Figaro, Kintzler)
HR - Ramon Hernandez (1, Figaro)
RBI - Carl Crawford 2 (13), Adrian Gonzalez (30), Matt Kemp (17), Scott Van Slyke 2 (6), Nick Punto (10), Ramon Hernandez (2)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp (7), Scott Van Slyke (2), Nick Punto (4)
SB - Carl Crawford (9, 2nd base off Peralta/Lucroy), Matt Kemp (7, 2nd base off Kintzler/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Kemp 1
DP - Punto-Ellis-Gonzalez, Gonzalez-Punto
E - Nick Punto (3, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hyun-Jin Ryu (W,5-2) 7.1622241 3.30
Ronald Belisario 0.2200010 3.22
Brandon League 1100000 5.19
Pitches-Strikes - Hyun-Jin Ryu 108-70, Ronald Belisario 19-13, Brandon League 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hyun-Jin Ryu 11-5, Ronald Belisario 1-0, Brandon League 2-1
Batters Faced - Hyun-Jin Ryu 28, Ronald Belisario 4, Brandon League 4
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4120001 .329
Jean Segura, SS4010012 .351
Ryan Braun, LF3111102 .323
Jonathan Lucroy, C4011001 .226
Carlos Gomez, CF4010022 .325
Yuniesky Betancourt, 1B3010100 .232
Rickie Weeks, 2B4010012 .169
Jeff Bianchi, 3B4000002 .318
Wily Peralta, P0000000 .176
    Alfredo Figaro, P1000010 .500
   a- Alex Gonzalez, PH1010000 .184
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   b- Martin Maldonado, PH1000000 .184
    Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
   c- Logan Schafer, PH1000001 .178
Totals3429225  
a-singled for Figaro in the 5th
b-flied out for Rodriguez in the 8th
c-grounded out for Kintzler in the 9th
Batting
HR - Ryan Braun (9, Ryu)
RBI - Ryan Braun (30), Jonathan Lucroy (19)
2-OUT RBI - Jonathan Lucroy (5)
SB - Jonathan Lucroy (2, 2nd base off Belisario/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Bianchi-Weeks-Betancourt, Weeks-Segura-Betancourt
E - Jean Segura (6, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wily Peralta (L,3-5) 1.2764220 6.45
Alfredo Figaro 3.1211241 3.24
Burke Badenhop 2100100 2.33
Francisco Rodriguez 1000010 0.00
Brandon Kintzler 1222100 4.35
Pitches-Strikes - Wily Peralta 55-32, Alfredo Figaro 60-36, Burke Badenhop 22-14, Francisco Rodriguez 12-8, Brandon Kintzler 18-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wily Peralta 3-1, Alfredo Figaro 3-3, Burke Badenhop 2-3, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1, Brandon Kintzler 2-0
Batters Faced - Wily Peralta 15, Alfredo Figaro 14, Burke Badenhop 7, Francisco Rodriguez 3, Brandon Kintzler 5
Game Information
Attendance - 36963
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Wally Bell