The Dodgers took the field in an early game today, attempting to take 3 of 4 from the Cardinals. The big blue offense was shut down yesterday by good pitching, so the question was, “Will the bats wake up and score some runs today?”
The other big question surrounded Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy and how well would he fare? McCarthy tossed 15 pitches in the first, and they were all variations of his fastball. He got away without giving up a run, but his luck didn’t hold out for long.
In the second inning Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright tagged McCarthy for a two run bomb in the second to put the Cards ahead 2-0.
The Dodgers just couldn’t much going offensively. They managed to land occasional base runners, but could not put together any real rallies, or extra base hits with someone on.
There was a bit of a rules rhubarb in the Cardinals half of the third inning. Priscotti was caught in a run down between third-base and home. He made it back to third, but another Cardinal was already occupying it. Arguments over how the play should be ruled took place on the field and in the broadcasters booth. The umps ruled Priscotti was out, and in the end it was all for naught, as the Dodgers ended the inning with nobody scoring. Something they’re starting to do on both sides of the ball.
McCarthy wasn’t pitching particularly badly, but he was losing 2-0 after five because of that home run pitch, and the Dodgers offense was boring the hell out of the Cardinals.
Yasiel Puig led off the fourth inning with a base hit. Once again the skipper lifted his pitcher for a pinch-hitter. And once again the Dodgers did absolutely zero with their chance. Once again, The Dodgers dipped into the bullpen after sitting a pitcher who wasn’t really in trouble. That said, McCarthy was at 85 pitches. I suppose if you’re counting pitches, that’s as good a reason as any to sit the guy.
The Dodgers teased once again in the 7th, with an Austin Barnes lead off walk. They left him out there.
8th inning. After 11 pitches, Chris Taylor walked to lead off the evening. The Dodgers failed to bring him home.
Leading off in the ninth Adrian Gonzalez was called out on strikes on a 3-2 pitch that was several inches off the plate. The Dodgers didn’t get their leadoff runner on this time, but would it have really mattered on a day like today? Turns out it might have mattered, as Chase Utley followed that with a base hit. Gonzalez barked from the dugout and the home plate umpire threw him out of the game. The File Cabinet then stomped onto the field to get his money’s worth for being tossed.
Yasmani Grandal was up next (batting LH) and he had the same obviously outside pitch called a strike on him as well. Grandal held his tongue, was eventually called out on strikes, and gave the umpire a piece of his mind while walking away from the plate. The umpire immediately tossed Grandal, who then loudly confronted the ump. You could see Grandal vividly waving two fingers, as though underlining the fact two pitches were clearly outside that were called strikes.
In the end, none of that mattered. The next Dodger batter quietly popped up to underline how the offense has performed in the past two games…weak and underwhelming.
Dodgers lose 2-0.
Atta boy: Cody Bellinger made a wonderful run and sliding catch to steal a base hit in the fourth.