LOS ANGELES -- What already was set up as a salvage job for the Los Angeles Dodgers quickly devolved into more wreckage, as the visiting Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game weekend sweep Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.
How it happened: Dodgers starter Dan Haren (10-10) walked Carlos Gomez on five pitches to start the contest, then four pitches later saw Jonathan Lucroy rip an 86 mph cutter deep into the left-field bleachers. Lucroy doubled home three more an inning later.
Hits: While the benefits are mitigated at least somewhat by Monday’s off day, Carlos Frias -- who relieved Haren starting the fourth -- kept Sunday’s loss from destroying the bullpen. Frias lasted four innings and allowed only one hit, a home run by Gomez on the second pitch he threw. Justin Turner and Darwin Barney, filling in for Uribe and Ramirez, respectively, each reached base twice.
Misses: Haren, who followed a bad June with a catastrophic July, had generated some degree of optimism over his past two starts, allowing only three earned runs during 13 1/3 innings in consecutive wins over the Los Angeles Angels and Atlanta Braves. On Sunday, however, the Dodgers hurt Haren with bad defense, with a second-inning error by Adrian Gonzalez leading to three unearned runs. But the Brewers hit Haren hard throughout his three innings of work. Haren also walked three, compounding his problems.
The Dodgers’ offense didn’t exactly come to Haren’s rescue, either, registering only five hits over six innings against Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta (15-7) and no runs until long after the game was decided. Overall, Los Angeles was 2-10 with runners in scoring position.
Stat of the game: .500. That’s L.A.’s record at Chavez Ravine, the worst home record among teams currently occupying playoff spots. The bad news: Fifteen of their next 20 are at home. The good news: Twelve of those 15 are against teams entering Sunday seven games under .500 (New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks). In theory, at least, something’s got to give.
Up next: The Dodgers open a three-game set against San Diego on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. PT at Dodger Stadium. The Padres will send out Ian Kennedy (9-10, 3.54), who on July 12 shut out L.A. over eight innings in a game the Dodgers eventually won 1-0, to face Kevin Correia, making his second start since being acquired from Atlanta on Aug. 9.