Game two of three. The Dodgers were coming off the high of last night’s blowout win, and Brandon McCarthy was coming off the low of his last outing. How would this balancing act play out?
Two pitches into the game, the HP umpire took a foul ball off the mask, causing a 15 minute delay.
McCarthy then went 1,2,3, with two strikeouts.
McCarthy with five Ks through three.
4th inning Dodgers 1-0
Four scoreless on three hits for McCarthy.
5th inning Dodgers 1-0
McCarthy began the inning at 55 pitches.
A great catch by Andrew Toles at the center field wall!
Seven K’s after five.
6th inning Dodgers 1-0
McCarthy started the inning at 68 pitches. Ended at 78 (55 for strikes) with 8 strikeouts.
7th inning Dodgers 1-0
McCarthy out. Adam Liberatore in. 1, 2, 3, job done.
9th inning Dodgers 1-0
Three quick outs.
Kenley Jansen vs Snakes
Lamb: double to tie the game. Blown save!
12th inning Tie score 1-1
A FC and a pair of walks loaded the bases with two out for Yasiel Puig. He swung at ball four to strike out and end the inning.
They won on a walk-off single. Sheesh!
Dodgers lose 2-1
Brandon McCarthy was straight dealing tonight. He was changing speeds effectively by dropping speeds from 92-94 to 79. His stuff was electric as well, with great late movement. There was really no reason he could not have gone seven.
Howie Kendrick continued his tear at the plate with his third straight game with at least three hits. Despite padding his stats, Kendrick struck out when it mattered most – with bases loaded.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Dodgers were MIA at the plate, and when they did manage to get on, they bumbled and stumbled on the bases, running themselves out of rallies. I’m looking at you, Scott Van Slyke and Corey Seager.
The lack of offense put extra pressure on the pitchers, as they had to make that skinny 1 run stand up. Ultimately, they couldn’t.
Side note: Things got interesting in the 7th and 8th innings as Snakes fans battled to cheer louder than the @Pantone294 traveling Dodgers fans. The Dodgers fans occupied a full three sections in the right field bleachers.
Brandon McCarthy went 6 innings with 3 hits, 0 walks, 0 runs, 8 Ks. ERA 1.69 He really desrved better than he got tonight.
I warn you, the following stat is disturbing, and may cause you to feel sad and frustrated:
Team with RISP: 1 for 15