The Dodgers' first foray into playing teams with actual talent was a tense, sloppy affair. Both Dee Gordon and James Loney (?) were caught stealing in front of batters who ended up doubling. Matt Kemp almost made a spectacular catch on a Jonathan Lucroy triple; naturally, Lucroy scored on the next play. (Kemp later made a spectacular catch on Richie Weeks' deep fly ball in the seventh (first photo).)
Earlier that inning, Don Mattingly chose to pull Chad Billingsley, who had retired 11 straight and was at 83 pitches, for pinch hitter Adam Kennedy. Kennedy stranded Juan Uribe at second.
With the Brewers leading 3-2 in the eighth, Andre Ethier set himself up as the Dodgers' hero with a two-run go-ahead homer (second photo). But in the bottom of the ninth, Javy Guerra, clearly thrown off by pinch runner Carlos Gomez, gave up a game-winning two-RBI double to George Kottaras and the Brewers walked off.
Dodgers fall to 9-2. How will they rebound from their first real blow of the season?