Chris Taylor's homer not enough to save Dodgers from 5-4 loss against Brewers
August 17, 2022
Chris Taylor scored a game-tying home run to right-center field, which gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a chance to win before losing to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Taylor has shown impressive performance on the defensive end. When the game was on the line in the bottom of the tenth inning, he laid out to make an excellent catch to snag the Brewers a game-winning hit.
His stunning leaping grab in the left-field center when robbing Brewers’ Andrew McCutchen of a certain walk-off hit brought to mind of his highlight reel snag against the Brewers (62-53) in game 7 of the 2018 National League Championship Series.
“It’s just one of those situations where you know if you don’t catch it the game’s over, it’s catch it or go home,” Taylor said.
“I think you have a little bit of that added mentality like ‘I’m going to give everything I have on this ball.’ I barely caught it. I didn’t actually know I caught it until I looked in my glove.”
Justin Turner attempted to ensure Taylor’s diving catch wouldn’t go to waste by giving the go-ahead RBI single in the 11th inning.
Taylor previously also gave the Dodgers chance by tying the score to 3-3 with one out in the seventh inning, when he hit a solo shot off Matt Bush. It was his eighth home run of the season, and also one of four Dodgers’ home runs in the game.
Unfortunately, the Dodgers couldn’t take advantage of the second chance with the Brewers securing a 5-4 in 11 innings.
Losing to the Brewers, missed opportunities
During the match, Willy Adames gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead in the first inning with his 23rd home run. Brewers Christian Yelich walked to open the frame, and then Adames sent a 1-2 pitch over the wall in right center.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Dodgers tied the score to 2-2 courtesy of solo home runs by Joey Gallo and Mookie Betts from starter Brandon Woodruff. Woodruff lasted for five innings, gave up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out eight batters.
Meanwhile, Gallo took the Dodgers with a leadoff home run in the fifth inning, while Betts added his 27th home run of the season to tie the game before Woodruff was out of the inning.
Yelich later scored a 0-for-26 skid with his ninth home run, a solo shot in the fifth off Dodgers starter Ryan Pepiot, putting the Brewers up to 3-2. It was Yelich’s first home run since July 2.
In the top of the 11th inning, the Dodgers scored a run before Brewers outfielder Hunter Renfroe opened the bottom of the inning with a bunt single against Dodgers pitcher Craig Kimbrel, who has lost a save opportunity, sending McCutchen to third base.
“This whole year really, I’ve felt like I’ve been battling — not necessarily the other team, but myself,” Kimbrel said.
“When I go out there on the mound, I feel like I’m going to do my job every time and I have the confidence throwing my pitches. It’s just not working out.”
Kimbrel has been somewhat inconsistent throughout the season with his fastball-curveball mix, although the Dodgers manager Dave Roberts remained somewhat supportive of him.
“We’re always evaluating,” Roberts said late last month. “He’s our closer, but performance matters, especially at the back end of the game.”
Brewers catcher Victor Caratini then hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, giving the Brewers a lead by 5-4, earning the Brewers a walk-off victory over the Dodgers. This was the Brewers’ first win against the Dodgers in six meetings.