The Mets are gone, but things did not necessarily get easier, as the Cheatin’ Cardinals rolled into Chavez Ravine.
Tonight’s game brought us Michael Wacha vs Ross Stripling, two former Texas Aggies. Wacha is coming off three consecutive losses, and Stripling, while usually decent, is another reminder that the Dodgers rotation always packs surprises.
Here’s how the game went.
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Stripling quickly gave up a couple of base hits. Add an error by Corey Seager. 1-0.
Howie Kendrick, batting lead off, took the ball for a ride all the way to the CF wall, but he was robbed of a home run by a leaping catch by Randal Grichuk.
A.J. Ellis double play.
Stripling base hit to RF. This was Stripling’s first career hit.
Howie Kendrick- base hit! RBI
3rd inning Dodgers 3-1
Joc Pederson doubled to score Adrian Gonzalez.
4th inning Dodgers 4-1
Stripling gave a run back with a homer to the Card’s number 8 hitter. 4-2.
Stripling on with an E.
Howie Kendrick base hit.
RBI/out for Corey Seager. 5-2.
Yasiel Puig knocked in Kendrick with a base hit to left. 6-2.
5th inning Dodgers 6-2
They got one more run. 6-3.
Wacha out, Bowman in.
Justin Turner blistered one past the troubled shortstop, Diaz, for his third E of the night. More importantly, it brought in Kendrick. 7-3.
6th inning Dodgers 7-3
A triple and a wild pitch brought in another run. 7-4.
Stripling out, Adam Liberatore and Louis Coleman finished the inning.
And then Puig happened!
Home ron! 8-4.
Dodgers win 8-4!
Stripling got the win, but he just insisted on keeping the Cardinals in the game. On almost any other night, he may well have lost this game. However, he didn’t, because the Dodgers broke that blockage that I talked about in last night’s recap.
The Dodgers scored early (as usual), but they managed to continue scoring through the middle innings. Although the Cardinals helped with four errors, the change tonight was, the Boys in Blue capitalized on those mistakes. They scored runs in every inning from the second through the sixth, and Yasiel Puig got a home run.
The bullpen added another 3+ innings of scoreless ball to preserve the victory. Things are good in Chavez Ravine.
Ross Stripling (1-2) went 5 innings with 8 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, 2 Ks, 1 HR. ERA 4.26
Homerun: Yasiel Puig
Doubles: Gonzalez, Pederson
Team with RISP: 4 for 14. They scored 8 runs tonight, but they coulda had a fistful more.