Brewers routed in series finale

The Milwaukee Brewers were beaten soundly Sunday in their series finale by the Los Angeles Dodgers, 16-4, with rookie Alec Bettinger taking the brunt of the abuse on the mound during his Major League debut.

Bettinger surrendered tow grand slams in each of the first two innings, staking the Dodgers to a 9-0 lead after two innings. Bettinger lasted four innings, surrendering 11 earned runs on 11 hits. After one MLB game, Bettinger’s ERA is an eye-popping 24.75.

Veteran Jordan Zimmerman, who initially retired before the Brewers summoned him for help in the bullpen did little to douse the flames begun by Bettinger; Zimmerman giving up five earned runs in 3.2 innings of work.

The lone bright spot for the Brewers was Jacob Nottingham’s two home runs. Last week, Nottingham was designated for assignment by Milwaukee. Seattle claimed Nottingham on the waiver wire, only to DFA him again three days later. Before he could hit the waiver wire, Milwaukee traded cash considerations for him after finding themselves shorthanded with Omar Narvaez and Manny Pina both on the injured list.

Despite the Sunday shellacking, Milwaukee still won the series, 3-1. The Brewers now travel to begin a series at Philadelphia on Monday.