This whole losing in St. Louis thing is getting kind of old. For the third straight day, and the 20th time in their last 24 regular season games in St. Louis, the Dodgers dropped a game to the Cardinals, this time 2-0.
Hiroki Kuroda really battled today. He was effectively wild early, but only walked one batter in his six innings of work. The Cardinals squandered a few scoring opportunities before pushing across a run in the fourth inning. Kuroda settled down after allowing that run, and retired the final eight batters he faced. He struck out eight batters today, and has struck out 45 batters in his last 42 innings.
The Dodgers had only two real scoring chances in the game, and both were erased by double plays:
- In the second inning, the Dodgers started the inning with two singles, but with runners on first and third base and one out, Xavier Paul grounded into a twin killing
- In the sixth inning, Rafael Furcal led off the inning with a double, moved to third with one out, but James Loney ended the inning with a double play
Adam Wainwright was pulled after six scoreless innings and just 89 pitches, a welcome sight for the Dodgers, but they were unable to do anything against Kyle McLellan in two empty frames. The Cardinals pushed across an insurance run on a sacrifice fly by Brendan Ryan in the bottom of the eighth.
James Loney had to be helped off the field after popping out in the ninth inning, after suffering what appeared to be a leg injury of some sort. Yadier Molina helped Loney stand up until the training staff came out to assist Loney off the field.
Vicente Padilla takes the mound in Sunday's series finale, as the Dodgers try to salvage a game from the Cardinals and Jeff Suppan.
WP - Adam Wainwright (14-5): 6 IP, 5 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
LP - Hiroki Kuroda (7-8): 6 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts
Sv - Ryan Franklin (17): 1 batter, 1 out