The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Dodgers 4-1 in the final game of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night.
Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run on just the second pitch of the game from Milwaukee starter Branden Looper. The blast was Furcal's 13th leadoff home run in his career as a Dodgers player, placing him second on the all-time franchise list.
But that was all the offense the Dodgers could muster against Looper, and starter Jason Schmidt struggled in his fourth start of the season.
For Schmidt, every inning posed some kind of battle. At least one batter reached base in all four innings he was on the mound, and the first was the only inning in which Schmidt didn't have to sweat out a jam.
In the second inning, Schmidt faced runners on second and third with one out and escaped without surrendering a run. He nearly got out of a similar situation in the third, but Fielder beat out a possible inning-ending double play as the Brewers tied the game at 1.
Schmidt put runners on first and second to start the fourth inning, prompting movement in the bullpen and a mound visit from pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.
Schmidt nearly got out of that jam, too, after getting catcher Jason Kendall and Looper out. But a walk to Felipe Lopez loaded the bases, and Schmidt hit Craig Counsell with an errant curve on the first pitch of the next at-bat to force home a run and end his night on the mound.