When Matt Holliday hit his 2-run shot to give the Cardinals a 4-1 lead in the third, my decision to grab dinner before coming home to watch this seemed like a better idea. But an unforeseen 2-out walk to Shane Victorino followed by a 3-0 home run by Ethier made it 4-3 game.
Chris Capuano bobbed and weaved for 4 and a third but then the much-used bullpen came in to pitch another 4 and two thirds to keep the Dodgers in the game. The relievers that did the job tonight, Guerrier, Tolleson, Choate, Wright and League all deserve a Cool-A-Coo.
As I was sitting down to my meal, I saw that the Dodgers had two on with two out with Luis Cruz coming up. When GameDay showed the location of the pitch that Cruz hit, I thought, that could be a home run. It was inside and a splitter that was up. Right where Cruz turns on the ball.
Finally, the Dodgers got a little 2009 callback with two outs in the 7th, Adrian Gonzalez hit a blooper into LF that Holliday just couldn't get to, two insurance runs scored and the Dodgers scored 8 runs for the first time since August 25th aka first game A-Gon played in. (The Dodgers scored 10 runs on August 29th in Colorado in their 10-8 win.)
Will this be the game to start a waterfall of runs, we shall see but it was nice to see them score some tonight.
WP - Shawn Tolleson (2-1): 1.1 IP, 1 walk
LP - Trevor Rosenthal (0-2): .2 IP, 1 hit, 2 runs