Tonight the Dodgers sent Alex Wood to the mound in the hopes of a win and a sweep of the Cheatin’ Cardinals. Those things were not in the cards however, as Wood pitched well enough to win, but the Dodgers reverted to their old habits of scoring early and then going quietly for the rest of the night, and giving up runs with two outs.
It was a pitching duel for the first two innings, and then came the third.
5th inning Tie score 1-1
Wood settled down after that Carpenter home run. The Cards had not threatened since the third.
6th inning Tie score 1-1
A walk and hit batter brought the Dodgers’ skipper out to the mound. He talked to Wood and left him in to face Matt Carpenter with two men on.
Wood got a double play and eventually escaped the inning with no harm done.
7th inning Tie score 1-1
Wood out after six innings and 92 pitches.
Manager Dave Roberts then used Louis Coleman, J.P. Howell, and Joe Blanton.
Blanton gave up a pinch-hit double to Yadier Molina with two on. 3-1
Another single made it 4-1.
All with two out.
8th inning Cards 4-1
Blanton gave up three runs in the seventh, and yet returned for the eighth.
He then gave up another run, 5-1.
Just when it looked like Blanton was going to have to take one for the team, and just eat the rest of the inning, Roberts pulled him for Adam Liberatore.
If you’re going to pull Blanton, why let him start the eighth? He already gave up three runs. What did Roberts expect Blanton to do when he sent him out there again?
Corey Seager blasted his second homer of the night (third in two games) to make it 5-2.
Dodgers lost 5-2.
Alex Wood deserved a win tonight. The Dodgers deserved a sweep and a furthering of their momentum. That didn’t happen as the Dodgers’ bats went nowhere – with the exception of Yasiel Puig‘s bat, that may have gone to bat heaven after he smashed it on the dugout floor after making an out.
Tonight’s moment of positive: Corey Seager with two home runs, three total against the Cardinals.
We didn’t get a sweep, but this guy happened…
Alex Wood went six with 1 run, 3 hits, 1 walk, 5 Ks, 1 home run. ERA 4.17
Home run: Corey Seager
Team with RISP 0 for 3