Ramirez was hitless in his return to the lineup Saturday and did not start Sunday's series finale against the Reds. Even with Ramirez's struggles at the plate, the Dodgers split the final two games of a three-game set with the first-place Reds, putting up 10 runs on 19 hits, including five home runs.
Before Saturday's eight-run outburst, the Dodgers had scored 17 runs in the previous eight games.
"It's bound to happen," said Andre Ethier. "But everyone knows that we're always a better team with Manny in the lineup. Have a lot more depth, balance the lineup. We're excited to have him back. They'd rather take the chance with me; he has however many thousands of RBIs and home runs and stuff. You definitely see a difference with that."
Now that their offense looks to be back on track, the Dodgers will head to Milwaukee. The Brewers were red-hot before a 7-3 loss Sunday to the Padres.
Despite the loss, the Brewers have posted a 19-16 mark since the All-Star break. Over their past nine games, the Brewers have won six times, including four consecutive wins before Sunday's loss.
They don't need it in the way the Dodgers did, but the Brewers will look for an offensive boost of their own on Tuesday with right fielder Corey Hart's likely return to the lineup. Since leaving Friday's game in the eighth inning with a tight right hamstring, Hart has missed the past two games for the Crew.
After three days of rest, including Monday's off-day, Hart expects to be ready.
"It's one of those things where I could play -- I definitely could play," Hart said. "But let's just take one more [game] and get rid of this. I agree with that."
On the mound for the Brewers will be right-hander Dave Bush, who tossed an impressive six innings last time out, giving up just one run as he picked up the win in St. Louis. Bush faces off with a familiar foe, as the Dodgers send former Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly to the mound.
Lilly -- who will be on a regular five days of rest -- has dominated the Brewers this season, giving up just one run on seven hits over 14 innings, with 12 strikeouts against two walks for a 0.64 ERA.
Dodgers: Scully to return
Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully announced Sunday morning that he will be back behind the microphone in 2011 for his 62nd season with the organization. Scully joined the Dodgers' broadcast team in 1950, and he was inducted into the Broadcasters wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame 32 years later.
Brewers: Selig to be honored at Miller Park
The Brewers will unveil a statue of former owner and current Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig on Tuesday in front of a star-studded crowd. Dignitaries scheduled to appear include: Hank Aaron and Robin Yount, who already have statues in the shadow of Miller Park, plus fellow Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Frank Robinson, former Brewers Pete Vuckovich, Ben Oglivie, Ted Simmons, Jim Gantner, Gorman Thomas, Sal Bando and Dan Plesac, current Brewers reliever Trevor Hoffman, Dodgers manager Joe Torre, Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker and a representative of nearly every Major League team.
In starting at shortstop on Sunday for the Brewers, veteran infielder Craig Counsell played in his 1,500th career game. ... Before Joey Votto's solo blast on Sunday, the Dodgers' pitching staff had not allowed a home run over the past six games, establishing their season-best mark. On the season, the Dodgers have allowed 95 home runs, which are the third fewest in the Major Leagues. ... Rod Barajas is scheduled to join the Dodgers on Tuesday in Milwaukee. He was claimed off waivers from the Mets on Sunday. Catcher A.J. Ellis will be optioned to Triple-A.
Tue, 8/24 8:10 PM ET
Instant impact: Barajas blasts LA past Crew
In his Dodgers debut, Rod Barajas doubled in his first two at-bats before launching a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning as Ted Lilly improved to 5-0 with L.A. in a win over the Brewers.
|Ramirez, M, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.306|
|Escobar, A, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|b-Hart, C, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.288|
2B: Barajas 2 (13, Bush, Bush).
HR: Kemp (22, 2nd inning off Bush, 1 on, 0 out), Barajas (13, 6th inning off Bush, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Theriot; Ethier 2; Loney; Kemp 4; Belliard; Carroll 2; Barajas 8.
RBI: Kemp 2 (71), Barajas 3 (37).
2-out RBI: Barajas 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lilly; Loney; Ramirez, M; Barajas; Gibbons.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 7.
SB: Kemp (17, 2nd base off Coffey/Lucroy), Ethier (2, 2nd base off Bush/Lucroy).
CS: Carroll (3, 2nd base by Bush/Lucroy), Theriot (9, 2nd base by Bush/Lucroy).
PO: Carroll (1st base by Lucroy).
E: Kuo (1, throw).
2B: McGehee 2 (30, Lilly, Lilly), Braun (32, Lilly), Fielder (21, Belisario).
3B: McGehee (1, Lilly).
HR: Weeks (24, 5th inning off Lilly, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Weeks 4; Escobar, A; Braun 2; Fielder 3; McGehee 7; Gomez.
RBI: McGehee (83), Weeks (74), Braun (74).
2-out RBI: Weeks; Braun.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lucroy 2; Gomez; Fielder; Weeks.
Team RISP: 0-for-11.
Team LOB: 7.
Pickoffs: Lucroy (Carroll at 1st base).
HBP: Kemp (by Coffey).
Pitches-strikes: Lilly 85-64, Belisario 15-11, Kuo 22-15, Bush 111-69, Capuano 10-8, Coffey 24-14, Loe 13-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lilly 7-6, Belisario 2-0, Kuo 2-0, Bush 6-6, Capuano 2-0, Coffey 1-0, Loe 1-0.
Batters faced: Lilly 27, Belisario 5, Kuo 5, Bush 27, Capuano 3, Coffey 5, Loe 4.
Umpires: HP: Mike Everitt. 1B: Andy Fletcher. 2B: Adrian Johnson. 3B: Tim McClelland.
Weather: 74 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 11 mph, Out to CF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media