The Dodgers went into Tuesday evening’s game against the Cardinals trying to regroup from their first road loss of the 2019 season. More than anything they needed length from starting pitcher Ross Stripling after Hyun-jin Ryu’s groin injury taxed the pitching staff. The Dodgers didn’t get much from Strip. The right hander turned in a mediocre performance and the Cardinal’s pitching stopped the Dodger bats cold in a boring and lackluster 4-0 loss in the second game of the four game series. The Dodgers drop to 8-4 after the first 12 games of the young season.
The Dodgers haven’t had a game yet where they’ve limited the opposition to less than four runs. That’s concerning because the offense can’t score ten runs every night. Strip turned in a thoroughly mediocre performance lasting only five innings and allowing four earned runs on five hits while striking out seven and walking three. Strip made 94 pitches and I guess that was as good as anyone could have expected from him considering it was obvious from the beginning that he just didn’t have it today.
Dodgers 0 7 1
Cardinals 4 6 1
The Cardinals did all of their scoring early. Yadier Molina drove in three of the four St. Louis runs with two doubles, one was an RBI single that short hopped the wall in left field in the bottom of the first. The umpires ruled it a ground-rule double forcing Marcell Ozuna back to third base. Molina added another double, that one a two-run double in the bottom of the third to put the Cards up 3-0. Finally Paul Goldschmidt (So sick of this guy) slugged a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth, putting the Cardinals ahead 4-0.
Meanwhile the Dodger bats did little to nothing for most of the night. Opposing starter Dakota Hudson tossed 4.2 innings allowing six hits and walking four. However he kept the Dodgers off balance with a nice mix of off-speed pitches. The boys in blue had him on the ropes but couldn’t get the knockout blow. The Dodgers stranded 13 runners on base and were 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position. The Dodgers collected seven hits and seven walks yet couldn’t score. Their best chance of scoring probably came in the fourth inning when they loaded the bases when Max Muncy and Enrique Hernandez singled and the Cardinals intentionally walked Austin Barnes to force the Dodgers hand with Stripling’s spot due up. I felt the Dodgers probably should have hit for him with that being a scoring opportunity that they shouldn’t have passed up. But the Dodgers let Stripling bat. I understood why though, it was too early to pull him. He struck out and the Dodger bats weren’t heard from again.
The Dodgers did have some bad luck. In the third inning Justin Turner and Joc Pederson walked and Cody Bellinger socked a line drive to short, but it was right at Paul Dejong for an unassisted double play. The Dodgers had the bases loaded again in the top of the sixth after Bellinger doubled, Pollack singled, and there was an error, a wild pitch and a walk to Muncy. But Hernandez struck out. Fittingly the game ended on a Pollack double play. There’s the first goose egg of the season. The series continues on Wednesday as the best the Dodgers can do is a split. Kenta Maeda takes the mound for the Dodgers as the Cardinals counter with Jack Flaherty. If you need a laugh after this awful game check out what happened to Ozuna below. (chuckles)
Marcell Ozuna climbs wall and then falls off wall on a fly ball that lands on the warning track, plus replays. An all-timer. https://t.co/Wx6HOUqiN6
— Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) April 10, 2019