Two solo home runs from Joc Pederson and Max Muncy was the Dodger offense that had been shutout for 18 straight innings from the 6th inning on Monday to the 6th inning tonight.
Jack Flaherty’s Game Score of 70 was the highest this season against the Dodgers. In fact he became the first opposing starting pitcher to record a Game Score higher than 56 against the Dodgers.
Kenta Maeda allowed the first Cardinal run when Marcell Ozuna stole third after he had doubled in the second inning. He would score on a Yadier Molina ground out.
The Cardinals added a run when Dexter Fowler got a two-out single to score Paul DeJong.
The Dodgers had halved the lead to a run but in the bottom of the sixth, Maeda gave up a run-scoring triple to DeJong and then Molina continued his assault on Dodger pitching by hitting a two-run homer to make it 5-1.
Ozuna would close the scoring with a ringing line drive two-run homer off the foul pole in the eighth inning.
And while the lack of offense has hampered the Dodgers in this series, you cannot overlook the fact that in 11 of their 13 games, opponents have scored four or more runs against the Dodgers.
Andrew Friedman and Dave Roberts made a point of saying the Dodgers were going to try and be more consistent offensively this season. Sure this is just three games but it will be interesting to see if the team can make adjustments in the series finale.
Player of the game:
Jack Flaherty pitched six great innings against the Dodgers, he gave up one run, three hits and struck out eight.
The Dodgers will be playing their getaway game and will try to salvage one game and come back to Los Angeles with a winning road trip. Walker Buehler (1-0 6.75 ERA) will start against Michael Wacha (0-0 1.54 ERA).
First pitch will be at 10:15 a.m. PDT and it will be televised on Sportsnet LA and MLB Network (out-of-local-markets only) with radio coverage on KLAC 570 AM and KTNQ 1020 (Spanish)