Justin Turner exits Dodgers’ 11-2 blowout win over Milwaukee


The Dodgers might have preferred a dominant pitcher. But Manny Machado was the most excellent player on the trade market, so the Dodgers grabbed him and turned to the page in their playbook that read “Slug away, boys!”

Not every day will be like Sunday for the Dodgers, but more than a few might be. Let us offer two sentences that document their relentless success, and pick your favorite.

A: Matt Kemp hit two home runs, highlighting a 15-hit attack that powered the Dodgers to an 11-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.


B: Austin Barnes was hit by a 47-mph pitch in the seventh inning, because the wreckage was so complete that the Brewers turned pitching duties over to position players for the final three innings.

There were other highlights for the Dodgers, but there is a lingering concern, too. Third baseman Justin Turner, making his first start since July 11, felt discomfort in his strained groin while running out a double in the second inning and left the game in the third inning.

Turner said the injury had not gotten any worse. The Dodgers, unsuccessful in nursing him through the injury without a stint on the disabled list, now will consider putting him on the DL.

“We’re at a point where we’ve probably got to be more aggressive,” manager Dave Roberts said.

The Dodgers actually trailed in this game, and for a there it appeared as if the Brewers would rout Alex Wood.

Of the first six batters, five reached base, the other one lined out, and the Brewers led, 2-0. Wood rebounded nicely, completing six innings without surrendering another run. Rookie Caleb Ferguson recorded a three-inning save.


The Dodgers scored five times in the second inning, once in the third, and five more in the fifth. Machado had two hits, driving in his first run as a Dodger on a double that was his first extra-base hit as a Dodger.

Kemp and Logan Forysthe each had three hits, and Machado would have, too, had a wicked line drive not slammed into a pitcher’s glove.

“You throw a guy like that in our lineup, with the already dangerous lineup, and it makes it even worse for the other team,” Kemp said.

Machado has reached base in 22 consecutive games, with a .380 batting average and .462 on-base percentage in that span. Pitch around him, and he’ll take a walk. Pitch to him, and take your chances with a guy who has the most home runs on the team.

“I can’t imagine a much deeper lineup,” Wood said. “It’s for sure the deepest one I’ve ever played with, and I’ve played with some pretty good lineups so far in my career. Adding him to the mix is just a whole other dynamic.”

The Dodgers blitzed the Brewers so thoroughly that Milwaukee needed nine outs from position players just to finish the game. Wood struck out on a 79-mph fastball from second baseman Hernan Perez.


“It proved to be more difficult than I thought it was going to be,” Wood said.

That might have been the case for all the Dodgers. After scoring 11 runs in six innings against the actual Milwaukee pitchers, they scored no runs in two innings against a second baseman, and no runs in one inning against a catcher.

One pitch in particular attracted oohs, aahs and ughs. It was thrown by Perez, and the pitch registered 47 mph on the radar gun.

“I didn’t know it registered that low,” Roberts said.

Barnes was hit by that pitch. What does a 47-mph pitch feel like?

“It doesn’t feel like much,” he said. “That was a weird at-bat. It was like slow-pitch softball.”

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