I guess you could say that the Dodgers were tired after Tuesday night’s exhausting but thrilling 13-inning win over the Cardinals in the series opener. Perhaps that could explain Wednesday night’s pathetic 6-1 loss that evened the series. Or perhaps it was also Rich Hill’s poor pitching that contributed as well. Perhaps.
I guess you could say Hill had control problems because he walked 7 and allowed five earned runs on four hits across 4 crappy innings to take the loss. He’s only made four starts this year and had zero command of his trademark curveball. He was all over the place and I am beginning to believe that he is a bust as the majority of the starting pitchers the front office acquires normally are. Somebody should have probably reminded him of what the strike zone was because he couldn’t locate it to save his life.
On the flip side the Dodger offense is 7 for 70 in the series and has scored a whopping 3 runs on 8 hits. This time around they couldn’t hit right hander Mike Leake. The veteran tossed eight innings of one-run ball. He allowed just five hits, struck out five and improves to 5-2 on the season.
Cardinals 6 8 0
Dodgers 1 4 1
There wasn’t much to get excited about for this game. It pretty much sucked all around. The Cards scored twice in the top of the second inning after Hill issued five walks in the frame. Kolten Wong’s two-run single scored Jedd Gyorko, and Aledmys Diaz. The Cards took a 2-0 lead.
After giving up two more walks in the third but no runs, Hill seemed to have settled down. Then he melted down like a Popsicle on a summer’s day. It happened in the inning that it usually does, the fifth. The Cardinals would put up three runs on the board in that fifth inning. There was a costly two-base error from Cody Bellinger when Gyorko’s single into left field rolled under Cody’s glove and all the way to the wall. The kid just overran the play which allowed Carpenter and Piscotty to score. That put the Cards ahead 4-0. Hill was finally removed and Ross Stripling gave up a sacrifice fly to Yadier Molina and the Cards were up by a 5-0 score.
As if the Dodgers had any chance of winning this game. Combine Hill’s horrendous pitching and the bats folding up like a beach chair basically gave the Cards an easy win. The Dodges mustered one run in the seventh inning when Corey Seager doubled, advanced to third on a grounder and scored on Bellinger’s sacrifice fly.
I don’t see reason to talk about this game any longer. So everybody go enjoy your night and let’s never speak or think of this game again. The Dodgers and Cardinals will play the rubber game on Thursday night as Kenta Maeda returns from the disabled list. The Red Birds will counter with old 2013 NLCS nemesis Michael Wacha.
Cody Bellinger Watch: The kid was 1 or 2 with a Sac Fly and a two-base error. Hey the kid is going to make mistakes. Batting average: .284.
At least Chris Taylor did this in center field…Silver linings…