Teams have tried a multitude of strategies in their attempts to beat Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
When the Brewers faced him on Sunday, they opted to be aggressive on the basepaths.
It didn't work.
Although they put the leadoff man on base in four of the first five innings, they managed only one run as Kershaw picked up his 14th win of the season and lowered his ERA to 1.78. They'll get a second chance at the lefty on Saturday.
Kershaw will try to become the Majors' second 15-game winner this season. Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto became the first on Friday.
"I think any time you face a pitcher like Kershaw, if you try to just get stagnant, I don't think much is going to happen," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He's tough to run against, but sometimes you think you need to do some things to try to create a few runs."
The Brewers will have arguably their best pitcher on the mound to go against Kershaw, though.
Yovani Gallardo has only seven wins this season, but he leads the staff in ERA among pitchers with more than 20 starts -- but not by much. Gallardo's 3.44 mark edges out Wily Peralta's 3.46 ERA by a hair.
Gallardo hasn't faced the surging Dodgers this season, and in his career, he owns a 5.98 ERA in seven games against them.
Brewers: Lohse to be skipped
The Brewers announced that Kyle Lohse would be skipped over in his next scheduled start in order to give the right-hander's sprained right ankle time to heal.
Lohse was originally scheduled to start against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, but Mike Fiers will now make the start. Fiers will be on regular rest thanks to the team's off-day on Monday.
"I'm not exactly sure where [Lohse] goes back in," Roenicke said. "It will really depend on how the ankle is and where we see that he's close to 100 percent. He probably won't be 100 because once you sprain it -- but we want to get him to the point where we're comfortable with putting him out there."
Lohse, who rolled his ankle during his Aug. 2 start against the Cardinals, has been a rock of the Brewers' rotation the last two seasons, going 22-17 with a 3.42 ERA in 57 starts.
Dodgers: Ryu hitting disabled list
Left-handed pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a right hip strain he suffered during Wednesday's start against the Braves, manager Don Mattingly said Friday.
Ryu underwent an MRI and was examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Friday, and the MRI showed he had a grade 1-2 strain in his hip area. The Dodgers recalled reliever Pedro Baez from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Ryu's spot.
Mattingly said he's not sure what Ryu's timetable to return would be.
"What we thought yesterday is pretty much what we know today," Mattingly said. "We'll know more in three, four, five days, what he's going to be able to do. This isn't an injury that they've seen a whole lot of."
This is the second time Ryu has gone on the disabled list this season. He missed 20 games from April 28-May 21 with left shoulder inflammation.
Kevin Correia will start in Ryu's place on Tuesday against Padres. Correia has already made one start for the Dodgers, going six innings and giving up one run against the Braves on Monday.
• The Dodgers acquired right-hander Justin Germano from the Rangers for future considerations on Friday. The Dodgers assigned German to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.