These teams entered play Friday leading the NL in batting average against left-handers, with Milwaukee (11-10) at .301 and Los Angeles (11-11) at .296. It's been a different story for both against right-handers, with the Brewers at .226 and Dodgers at .225 entering the weekend.
Los Angeles won 7-5 on Friday, and it's probably not surprising that the game's biggest hit came against a left-hander. Adrian Gonzalez doubled in two runs off Brewers reliever Mike Gonzalez with two outs in the seventh inning to give the Dodgers the lead for good at 5-4."All that matters is winning games," said Adrian Gonzalez , who finished with three RBIs. "We've lost some games that we should have won, but that's behind is, and now we have to focus on winning each and every day."
The slugger's go-ahead double went off the glove of center fielder Carlos Gomez ."We should have won the game," manager Ron Roenicke said. "We just didn't make a play."
Now these teams will get their first looks at pitchers who made their debuts last season, but didn't log enough 2012 innings to lose their rookie statuses.
Peralta (1-1, 5.16 ERA) seems to have the greater pedigree between these starters heading into his 10th career outing and fifth of 2013. The Brewers' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012, Peralta earned his first victory Sunday by limiting the Cubs to two runs over 6 2-3 innings in a 4-2 home victory.
Control has been an issue this season for Peralta, whose walks per nine innings is 4.37. That could be an issue against a Dodgers team that ranks third in the majors with 87 walks.
Fife (0-0, 7.71) remains in the rotation for his second 2013 start as he replaces the injured Chad Billingsley . His sixth career start came Sunday as he yielded four runs over 4 2-3 innings in a 7-4 win at Baltimore.
"I'd like to have come out of the game better, gotten deeper," Fife said. "I kind of failed in one aspect but gave us enough of a chance to walk out of here with a win."
Fife is still looking for his first big-league victory after going 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA in five outings last year for the Dodgers.
He'll try to slow down Yuniesky Betancourt , who is 6 for 16 with two homers and seven RBIs on this road trip for the Brewers. Fife will also get his first look at former NL MVP Ryan Braun , whose .393 average at Dodger Stadium is his second-highest in any current NL park.
Milwaukee won 10 of 13 from Los Angeles over the previous two seasons before the Dodgers ended a four-game home losing streak in the series Friday. The Brewers have dropped two straight after a nine-game win streak.
|April 12, 2013||Alex Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Left hand contusion|
|April 07, 2013||Jean Segura||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised left quad|
|April 07, 2013||Chris Narveson||15-Day DL||Sprained middle finger|
|April 06, 2013||Aramis Ramirez||15-Day DL||Left knee sprain|
|April 05, 2013||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Neck spasms|
|March 25, 2013||Mark Rogers||15-Day DL||Right shoulder instability|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|April 26, 2013||Mark Ellis||Day-to-Day||Left game - right quad|
|April 17, 2013||Chris Capuano||15-Day DL||Strained left calf|
|April 16, 2013||Chad Billingsley||15-Day DL||Right elbow surgery - out for season|
|April 13, 2013||Shawn Tolleson||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|April 12, 2013||Zack Greinke||Day-to-Day||Broken left collarbone|
|April 12, 2013||Zack Greinke||15-Day DL||Broken left collarbone|
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez got his revenge.
One night after getting turned around on a lost fly ball that fell for a double and cost his team a victory, Gomez hit a two-run home run to power the Brewers to a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
Gomez's homer, off of Dodgers' relief pitcher Matt Guerrier , came in the seventh inning and gave the Brewers the lead for good.
"It was a really good game for Gomey," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of his center fielder. "He's been really hot. I think what I like also is he's not out there just swinging at everything like he does at times. There are times when he'll have a great at-bat."
Gomez, who was selected as the National League Player of the Week last week after batting .500, said it's just a matter of being patient at the plate.
"Sometimes you have to give credit to the pitcher because when you're hot they're going to try to make you chase and they throw you bad pitches to hit," he said. "That is when you have to stay back and make them come to you."
Familiarity with the opposing pitcher doesn't hurt. Gomez has played with and against Guerrier and had an idea of what pitch was coming in the seventh inning.
"I saw the first pitch he threw me was out of the zone," Gomez said. "I knew that he was going to try to throw me a curve on the inside. I was just going to stay back and wait for the moment to drop the head on the ball and that's what happened."
One inning later, Martin Maldonado hit a two-run home run for the Brewers, giving them the breathing room they needed. It was also off Guerrier.
The two home runs put a damper on the Major League debut of Dodger pitcher Matt Magill. Magill was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque after Stephen Fife , the scheduled starter, went on the disabled list with bursitis in his right shoulder.
Magill pitched 6 2-3 strong innings, striking out seven and retiring 12 of the final 13 batters he faced. But that final out of the seventh inning was the one that the Dodgers couldn't get quickly enough.
Paco Rodriguez relieved Magill and gave up an infield hit to Norichika Aoki . Guerrier (1-1) relieved Rodriguez and gave up the home run to Gomez. Since Magill had surpassed the 100-pitich mark, Don Mattingly had to make the change.
"We still would have gone to Guerrier at that point," Mattingly said. "We knew he (Magill) had gone further than we talked about and we weren't going to put him in that position."
The Brewers took a 2-0 lead off of Magill in the third inning but the Dodgers fought their way back with solo runs in the third and fourth innings. They forged ahead, 3-2, when Matt Kemp scored on a groundout by Luis Cruz in the sixth inning.
Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta (2-1) felt good about his performance despite trailing when he left the game. He's now won two in a row.
"I think I had good command of my three pitches," he said. "The changeup was very good, especially when I was behind in the count."
The Brewers bullpen had to walk a tightrope of sorts before finally putting the Dodgers away. Andre Ethier hit a home run in the eighth inning off of John Axford , and the Dodgers had runners at second and third in the bottom of the ninth before Jim Henderson induced A.J. Ellis into a game-ending grounder to shortstop for his sixth save.
Notes: Dodger first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was scratched from the starting lineup because he was at the hospital getting a skin infection examined. Brewers shortstop was a late scratch as well because he split a fingernail on his right index finger while shagging grounders during batting practice. Magill was the ninth starting pitcher the Dodgers have used in their first 23 games this season. The last time they used nine or more pitchers in their first 23 games of the season was in 1945.