The left-hander will try to end those woes while Milwaukee’s ailing Kyle Lohse is hoping to continue his success in Los Angeles in Sunday’s series finale against the Dodgers.
Kershaw (2-2, 2.14 ERA) is 36-18 with a 2.32 ERA in 82 starts in his home stadium, but he’s 0-3 with an 8.47 ERA in four all-time matchups there against the Brewers and 0-2 with a 15.43 ERA in his last two.
In his only game against Milwaukee last season, he gave up five runs, eight hits and four walks over 5 2-3 innings in a 6-3 loss in Los Angeles on May 30.
Kershaw allowed two runs and three hits to the New York Mets on Tuesday but he also matched a season high with four walks and needed 111 pitches to get through five innings in a 7-2 victory. Kershaw, who did not get a decision, has received a combined four runs of support from the Dodgers (11-12) in his last four outings but put the blame squarely on himself.
“I just beat myself. I was awful,” Kershaw said. “The team won in spite of me, not because of me. I did everything wrong, just a lot of cardinal sins.”
Lohse (1-1, 2.52) has done quite a bit right in his last three starts at Dodger Stadium, going 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA. He gave up three runs over 5 2-3 innings in his only visit there in 2012 while with St. Louis, but the Cardinals fell 6-5 on May 20.
Lohse allowed two runs over seven innings to Los Angeles on July 25 but did not get a decision in a 3-2 win.
Lohse, signed to a three-year deal by Milwaukee on March 26, has given up two runs or fewer in three of his first four starts with the Brewers. He allowed one run over five innings in San Diego on Monday before having to leave a 7-1 win with a dislocated left pinky.
The right-hander suffered the injury while running to first base in the sixth but earned his first victory for Milwaukee (12-10).
“You never feel really 100 percent out there, anyway,” Lohse told the team’s website about his upcoming start. “If someone says they do, they’re lying.”
After having a four-game win streak at Dodger Stadium snapped in the series opener, the Brewers bounced back for a 6-4 victory Saturday. Carlos Gomez hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh, and Jim Henderson earned his sixth save in as many chances by getting A.J. Ellis to ground out with runners on second and third in the ninth.
“It was a really good game for Gomey,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “He’s been really hot. I think what I like also is he’s not out there just swinging at everything like he does at times. There are times when he’ll have a great at-bat.”
Gomez, batting .500 (20 for 40) with three home runs over his last 12 games, is 3 for 4 all-time against Kershaw and Rickie Weeks is 3 for 6 with two doubles.