Sorry for the late recaps – the west coast times really mess with my schedule.
Coming into last night’s game against LA, Doug Davis had an ERA of 8.87 against an FIP of 4.16 and an xFIP of 3.88. Davis continued to pitch much better than his basic results indicated last night – in 5.1 innings, he allowed 3 earned runs. That’s not a “quality start,” and he almost gave up the lead after the Brewers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
Despite the fact that Davis only allowed two line drives and no home runs, the Dodgers still managed to sneak seven hits against him. Given Davis’s batted ball distribution on Wednesday – five flies, two line drives, and a staggering 11 ground balls – we would expect Davis to give up roughly 4.8 hits. His .388 BABIP on the night is a far cry below his .473 for the season entering the game, but the bad luck continues to pile up on Doug.
Still, he struck out four batters while only walking two, and that’s what allowed him to get through the game without more damage and still allowed him to get the win. The bullpen managed to do its job – Todd Coffey weaseled his way out of two baserunners with some impressive pitching against Matt Kemp, a great hitter, and Casey Blake, a not-so-great hitter. The Brewers carry a two game winning streak into the final game of the series against LA, and have what appears to be a favorable matchup with Dave Bush going against rookie John Ely tonight.