Dodgers Can't Put Away Cardinals, Get Swept Away

The Dodgers held a 4-0 lead entering the eighth inning, but couldn't make it hold up, as Travis Schlichting, Justin Miller, and Jonathan Broxton combined to give up five runs as the Dodgers were swept away in St. Louis. Broxton was asked to get five outs to close out the game, but he only recorded four. The Cardinals 5-4 win was cemented when Matt Holliday's fly ball sailed over Andre Ethier's head in right field to end the game.

Dodger pitchers walked a season-high nine batters today, and this was the first time since moving to Los Angeles that they walked nine batters while striking out one or less.

Vicente Padilla went the same route of Clayton Kershaw (one strikeout Thursday) and Chad Billingsley (no strikeouts Friday), in that he struck out just one batter, but he was effective enough to pitch six scoreless innings. Padilla allowed just one hit, but he did walk five, including walking the bases loaded in the sixth inning with two outs. Matt Holliday, who was thrown out twice on the bases earlier in the game, flew out on the first pitch to end the threat in what was at the time a one-run game.

Padilla has now pitched 14 straight scoreless innings, and although his strikeout-to-walk ratio is no longer sublime it is still excellent at 3.67 (55 strikeouts, 15 walks). Since returning from the disabled list, Padilla has made six starts  and is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA while averaging 6.67 innings per start.

The Dodgers added to their 1-0 lead with a three-run seventh inning, featuring an RBI double by Garret Anderson, a wild pitch, and a bases loaded walk to Matt Kemp.

The Dodgers have now lost 21 out of 25 games in St. Louis, and dropped the season series to the Cardinals 4-3.

Notes

  • Ronnie Belliard snapped an 0-for-20 streak with a single in the fifth inning, then added another single later for good measure
  • Vicente Padilla doubled in the Dodgers first run, a chopper over third base in the fifth inning. It was just the second extra-base hit by a Dodger pitcher this season, joining Chad Billingsley, who doubled on June 5
  • Casey Blake entered the game in the bottom of the eighth inning in a double switch to play first base, the first time he has played first since August 23, 2009
  • Matt Kemp got his first assist of the season, doubling Matt Holliday off of first base in the second inning

James McDonald is expected to get the call for tomorrow night's start against the Giants. Jon Link was optioned to Triple A after the game, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.

WP - Ryan Franklin (4-1): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 walks, 1 strikeout

LP - Jonathan Broxton (3-1): 1 1/3 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks

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