Tuesday afternoon was moving day for the Dodgers. They packed up their belongings and had a garage sale before relocating to a better place. That would be first place. The Dodgers came from behind surviving another lousy Kenta Maeda start to score four runs in the third and three more in the fifth to beat the Cardinals by a 9-4 score. The boys in blue have now won six in a row and are red hot.
Of course I was not able to watch the game due to work but I received the texts from Oscar. You know those feel good texts letting you know that the Dodgers had won. Maeda was awful again and I’m beginning to wonder if he actually does suck or if there’s something wrong with him physically. Maeda surrendered three first inning runs before the chairs were warm and was able to last a whopping 4 innings allowing three earned runs on four hits and striking out two. He walked three and made 82 pitches. His ERA is now 5.21.
Dodgers 9 11 3
Cardinals 4 8 1
Thankfully the dominating Dodger bullpen came to the rescue yet again. The fearsome crew tossed five innings of one-run ball. The scoreless streak came to an end after Chris Hatcher served up a home run to Yadier Molina in the top of the eighth inning but otherwise they didn’t give up anything else. Brandon Morrow, Adam Liberatore, Hatcher, Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen all combined to limit the Cards to just one run on four hits with six strikeouts. Even Sergio Romo tossed a scoreless frame.
The offense was productive as well. The bats scored nine runs on 11 hits with eight walks. They were 4 for 12 with runners in scoring position and knocked opposing starter Michael Wacha out of the box after just three frames. Chase Utley collected three hits including a double, triple and scored two runs. Logan Forsythe, and Chris Taylor each had two hits and Austin Barnes had a run scoring double. There was a bases loaded walk from Puig, an error, and another bases loaded walk from Gutierrez.
Molina was the offensive star of the day for the Cardinals going 2 for 4 with three runs driven in. The Dodgers committed three errors in the game which included two throwing errors from Maeda. Morrow picked up the win in relief and the Dodgers are now 33-20 through the first 53 games of the season. They now have a half game lead over Colorado in the NL West. Arizona is 1.5 games back of the Dodgers in third place. The Dodgers are now 12-12 on the road.
The Dodgers look to keep their winning streak alive in the third game of the series. Left hander Hyun-jin Ryu will return to the rotation as the Cardinals will counter with Carlos Martinez at 5:15 PM PST. Yes everything is right with the world for now.