The rubber match tonight between the Dodgers and Cardinals featured a national ESPN broadcast (bleh!) and Mike Mayers making his debut on the mound for the Cheatin’ Cardinals.
Spoiler Alert: It did not go well for the rookie.We already knew the broadcast would not go well, as ESPN almost totally ignored the Dodgers, choosing to discuss the Yankees, the Cubs, and the “culture” of the Cardinals.
Single, single, walk, and it was bases loaded for Adrian Gonzalez.
Grand Slam!!! 4-0
Howie Kendrick then hit a double to extend the inning and his hitting streak (16).
Joc Pederson walked and stole second.
Scott Kazmir came up with a huge two-run single to cap the scoring at six.
They got a run back. But then, Kazmir’s ERA is over 4.
2nd inning Dodgers 6-1
Justin Turner on with a single.
AGone floowed with a single. The throw to third bounced into the stands, advancing Turner home. 7-1
Howie Kendrick went yard! 2-run homer! 9-1
That chased the rookie.
Kazmir gave up a deep double to Yadier Molina. Then the next batter, Pham hit it out for a two-run HR. 9-3 Just keep repeating- Kazmir 4 ERA, Kazmir 4 ERA.
Then everything settled down and nothing much happened for a few innings.
5th inning Dodgers 9-3
Since giving up the home run in the third, Kazmir kept the Cards quiet. Another scoreless inning, finished at 96 pitches.
6th inning Dodgers 9-3
Pedro Baez in. Job done.
7th inning Dodgers 9-3
Cardinals pitcher Rosenthal walked the bases loaded with no outs.
A new pitcher and Scott Van Slyke pinch hitting. One pitch, one swing. Weak grounder, two outs.
Adam Liberatore in. Loaded the bases with one out.
Joe Blanton in.
Sac fly. 9-4
2-run double. 9-6
Enjoy this 8th inning catch from Joc:
9th inning Dodgers 9-6
Kenley Jansen (trying again) vs Cards
Dodgers win! 9-6
Scott Kazmir stayed true to his ERA, and that helped me to keep my blood pressure low while he gave up runs.
He was hurt by the long ball, but otherwise, he was business-like and effective. He never let the Cards put together any extended rallies.
Has Gonzo’s power returned? For the second night in a row, Gonzalez hit one out. Tonight’s was especially sweet as it was a grand slam that gave the Dodgers a commanding lead they never surrendered.
Utley and Turner remained hot at the plate, and Howie moved his hitting streak up to 16.
Joc Pederson slowly getting back in the offensive mix with two singles.
Scott Van Slyke did nothing this weekend to convince me the Dodgers should hold on to him. Trade bait!
You saw it here first and we’ve been on top of it: The bullpen is faltering. Once again they gave up runs and let the opposition back in the game.
One more bright spot: The Dodgers win over the Cardinals is their second straight series win.
Scott Kazmir (W 9-3) went 5 innings with 6 hits, 3 runs, 1 HR, 0 walks. ERA 4.35
Home runs: Gonzalez, Kendrick
Team with RISP: 3 for 11