We were all lulled into a false sense when the Dodgers scored about 100 runs against the Rockies, Giants and Dbacks on the last home stand. That’s because the Rockies, Giants and Dbacks all suck. They really suck, and once the Dodger bats faced a real competitive pitching staff like the Cardinals, they’re regressing right back into old habits of bad plate approaches and not making contact.
But you can’t really blame the offense for the Dodger’s latest pathetic loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday. As I have mentioned before they can’t score 10 runs every night. The pitching staff has to do their part. That’s the problem, the pitching has been mostly dreadful since opening day. Don’t believe me? The proof is in the results. The Dodgers have not allowed less than four runs in a game this season. Entering into Wednesday’s 7-2 loss to the Cardinals the Dodger pitching staff ranked 18 in the majors with a 4.34 ERA. They’ve allowed 53 earned runs (now 60 after today’s loss) and 20 home runs. That’s bad folks.
Kenta Maeda was the latest loser allowing five earned runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings. The Cards had a 2-0 lead entering the sixth inning when the Dodgers coughed up three runs in the sixth frame and two more in the eighth. That sixth inning was the nail in the coffin. A Marcell Ozuna double, stolen base and an RBI ground out from Yadier Molina plated the first run. In the fourth back to back singles from Paul DeJong and Ozuna and a line drive single to right from Dexter Fowler put the Cards up 2-0. It could have been worse had Alex Verdugo’s throw to first not been on the money. Cody Bellinger applied a great tag on Ozuna to erase a runner on the bases.
Dodgers 2 5 0
Cardinals 7 10 0
Joc Pederson snapped out of his slump with a towering drive into the Cardinal’s bullpen in right field for a solo home run in the top of the sixth that got the Dodgers on the board. However opposing starter Jack Flaherty allowed just one earned run on three hits over six innings to pick up the win. Flaherty struck out eight without issuing a walk. The Dodgers had just five hits and didn’t have a single runner in scoring position.
With the score 2-1 Cards, the lousy Dodger pitching broke the game open for the Cardinals. DeJong’s RBI triple scored Paul Goldschmidt to put the Cards ahead 3-1 in the sixth. After Ozuna struck out Molina homered to extend the St. Louis lead to 5-1. Scott Alexander came in and struck out Fowler and retired Kolten Wong to end the inning. But we all knew it was over.
Max Muncy homered in the top of the seventh, a wall scraper that cut the score to 5-2. That was all the Dodgers would muster as they struck out 11 times this afternoon. Later in the game J.T. Chargois (who is only on the roster because Hyun-jin Ryu is hurt) served up a two-run home run to Ozuna in the eighth. The Dodgers fall to 8-5 on the season and have now lost three consecutive games. Right now they don’t have the pitching to win. The series and road trip conclude on Thursday morning. It’s an early start time as the Dodgers try to avoid getting swept. They won’t. Walker Buehler will battle Michael Wacha in the series finale. Yup, the pitching stinks people. Here’s a home run from Joc…..