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Dodgers Blow Out Milwaukee, Fielder Blows Up
After scuffling for more than a week, the Dodgers needed a game like this. Having forgone batting practice they proceeded to crush the Milwaukee Brewers 17-4 despite getting only seven more hits. The 17 runs would mark the most runs the Dodgers have scored at home since May 25, 1979 when they scored 17 against the Cincinnati Reds.
However tensions came to a head in the top of the ninth inning when Dodgers reliever Guillermo Mota hit Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder with a pitch with two outs in the inning. Mota was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Lance Barksdale while Fielder waited around home plate yelling at everyone in sight.
After the game Fielder and most of his Brewers teammates ran to the Dodgers clubhouse trying to get in nearly running me over in the process. With Fielder screaming out, “It’s bullshit, it’s bullshit,” Dodger security quickly ran in and got the Brewers back to their own clubhouse.
“He was trying to get into our clubhouse,” Dodgers catcher Russell Martin asked when told of the situation. “Oh really? Well it’s 25 against one.”
The Dodgers 25 got the scoring started with a four-run first inning. After Rafael Furcal and Andre Ethier led off the inning with back-to-back singles and Manny Ramirez lined out to right field, third baseman Casey Blake hit a double to score Furcal and Ethier. After James Loney struck out, Matt Kemp singled in Blake and Russell Martin doubled in Kemp.
Although the Brewers were able to score three runs in the fifth inning thanks to back-to-back RBI singles by Ryan Braun and Fielder and an RBI force out by rightfielder Frank Catalanotto.
Manny Ramirez got one of the runs back in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run to the left field pavilion. It marked the first time in his last 10 games that he had an RBI.
“Manny was struggling and hopefully he broke out of it tonight,” manager Joe Torre said.
Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo after giving up the four runs in the first inning retired 12 of the following 13 Dodger batters until the Manny home run in the fifth.
Then the sixth inning happened. The Dodgers got singles after doubles after walks. After the dust had settled the Dodgers brought 12 men to the plate got seven runs on seven hits and knocked out both Gallardo and reliever Mitch Stetter.
“I just hope it loosens up the batters,” Torre said on the 17-run game. “We have a long stretch of games here, and you have to go through some bad ones. Some nights just everything happens.”
Lost in the hubbub after the game was Matt Kemp getting yet another five RBI night his fourth of the season. He also tied a career high of four hits in a game.
“I’m taking advantage of good pitches in my zone to hit,” Kemp said of his hitting. “You never get used to five RBI. It feels pretty good to get five RBI and help the team win. Hopefully I can do it some more.”
When asked if we could expect any extracurricular activity on the field Wednesday Martin replied, “I don’t know. I’m not Nostradamus. We’ll just have to wait and see.”