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Kuroda gets Krunched, Dodgers fall 9 - 5

Jeffrey Osborne did not bring his patented Laker luck to the Ravine tonight. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Jeffrey Osborne did not bring his patented Laker luck to the Ravine tonight. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Final - 4.14.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 0 2 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 9 16 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 5 11 2
WP: Jaime Garcia (2 - 0)
LP: Hiroki Kuroda (2 - 1)

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The Dodgers scored in five different innings amassing a total of five runs but still fell four runs short as Kuroda had one of those games. Didn't help any that Lance Cormier gave up three runs in the 7th to make it a laugher.

The Dodgers got off to good start with singles from Carroll, Andre, and Kemp for a run. When Uribe walked the Dodgers had the bases loaded, one out, and one run in. Loney was up and while we understand his struggles with LHP he's got to at least get a run in, but his feeble fly to LF did not do the trick. Hoffman then hit a soft line drive to the 3rd baseman to end the threat.

Kuroda then gave up two runs in the 2nd, one in the 3rd and 4th, and two more in the fifth. The Dodgers scored again in the 3rd on the speed of Matt Kemp who singled to CF, stole second easily, then scored on Juan Uribe's double down the line.  Up jumped the Loney/Hoffman duet, and again they were off tune as Loney grounded out, and Hoffman hit a weak ground ball to SS that resulted in Uribe being out at home.  The lone run in the 4th was all Jamey Carroll who banged a single, stole second, went to 3rd on a fly ball to LF, narrowly beating the throw, and then scampering home on a passed ball.

At that point it was 4 -3, with Kuroda taking the mound in the fifth. Albert took some strikes, fouled off a few pitches and then launched a line drive into the field box level for a home run.  A few hits and wild pitches later, the Cardinals scored their sixth run off of Kuroda.

McDougal pitched a scoreless 6th, but Lance Cormier gave up three runs in the 7th and that was game. Kemp would hit a monster home run on the first pitch he saw in the 9th but it was simply a footnote to a 9 - 5 drubbing.

Good News:

  • Matt Kemp had three hits, two broken bat singles, and one monster home run in the bottom of the ninth
  • Jamey Carroll continues to lead the team from the top of the lineup, getting three more hits. He has now had three, three hit games out of the last six.
  • James Loney had two of his patented slicing singles to LF marking the first time this year he has had multiple hits in a game.
  • Broxton pitched a scoreless 9th
  • Andre singled in the 1st to extend his hitting streak to 11 games

Bad News:

  • Kuroda had three wild pitches, the most he's ever had
  • Kuroda gave up 10 hits, tying his career high. He's now given up 10 hits four times, but never eleven.
  • Lance Cormier pitched
  • Dodger pitchers gave up a season high 16 hits
  • This was the first Cardinal win at Dodgers Stadium since Aug 19th, 2008
  •  Attendance was a mere 34,288 on a Laker hat giveaway night. That is kind of low.

Kuroda Line: 5 IP, 10 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned, 0 walks, 3 K's


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