MILWAUKEE -- After a night off on Friday, Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw made a statement in his return to the starting lineup Saturday by hitting the first grand slam of his career off Dodgers reliever Josh Fields.The 380-foot go-ahead shot to right field gave the Brewers a 7-4 lead
MILWAUKEE -- After a night off on Friday, Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw made a statement in his return to the starting lineup Saturday by hitting the first grand slam of his career off Dodgers reliever Josh Fields.
The 380-foot go-ahead shot to right field gave the Brewers a 7-4 lead in the seventh inning. But it wasn't enough to put away the first-place Dodgers, who rallied with a five-run ninth inning and defeated the Brewers, 10-8.
"It sucks. I mean, you're up 8-4 in the eighth. It's a game we expect to win 10 out of 10 times. They put together a little rally in the ninth," Shaw said. "It's two leads in the ninth that we've let get away from us. Our bullpen has been good for pretty much the whole year. Those games happen, but at the same time, they still suck when it does happen."
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Pinch-hitter Eric Sogard led off the Brewers' five-run inning by drawing a walk. Keon Broxton flied out to center field in the next at-bat, but Domingo Santana and Jesus Aguilar drew back-to-back walks to set up Shaw.
After a coaching visit to the mound, Fields replaced Chris Hatcher and dealt Shaw three straight fastballs. The first two were low and the third sat more middle in Shaw's sweet spot.
"It was a great inning," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "It started with Sogard again, 0-2 and drawing a walk. Domingo had a nice at-bat, Aguilar had a nice at-bat. Travis got into a good count and hit a grand slam, so we did very good things that inning. That should've been enough."
The grand slam left Shaw's bat with a 101-mph exit velocity and 21 degree launch angle. It was the Brewers' second of the season, with Santana hitting the first off D-backs starter Patrick Corbin on May 28.
Hernan Perez followed the grand slam with his sixth home run of the season -- a shot to left-center field that put the Brewers up, 8-4. Despite the influx of offense, the Brewers have now sustained back-to-back come-from-behind losses. Shaw said the only thing the team can do is try to move on.
"We can't stay down on this too long. We're a young team," Shaw said. "Guys will learn from this and you can't dwell on this too long. That's the good thing about baseball. You play tomorrow and you get another chance tomorrow to get on the good side."
Shaw went 3-for-4 with a walk on Saturday, lifting his batting average to .296 and OPS to .879. Nine of Shaw's 10 homers this season have come against right-handed pitchers. Shaw has reached base safely in 20 of his last 22 games and owns a .385 on-base percentage in that span.
*Carson Mason * is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.