This is the 16th installment of an ongoing series, where my dad and I will simulate each game on the Dodgers schedule until real Dodger baseball returns. Catch up on the rest of the series here! Thanks all for the comments and support!
Welcome back! After a very rough doubleheader yesterday, we return to try and take one game against the Cardinals. It’ll be Julio Urias (1-1, 2.95 ERA) on the mound against Jack Flaherty (1-3, 4.84 ERA).
This will be the last game Mookie Betts misses with his strained groin, so Matt Beaty starts again in the outfield (batting second this time). Otherwise, it’s our usual starting group out there.
It’s time for the game! Watch it here or scroll below to find out what happened. If you want to be notified when we go live with future simulations and chime in with your live feedback and/or input on managerial decisions, follow me on Twitch!
The Dodgers took their first lead of the series in the bottom of the first. After Max Muncy led off the inning with a ground out, Beaty reached base when Brad Miller bobbled a pop fly for an error. Next up, Justin Turner doubled Beaty home, taking a 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the second — a Will Smith single was sandwiched by walks to Joc Pederson and Gavin Lux. But Julio Urias and Max Muncy struck out, while Beaty flew out to left to end the inning.
That one-run lead was all Urias needed, as he pitched his best performance of the season to-date. The young lefty exited the game after seven innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits and two walks against six strikeouts.
We brought in Blake Treinen to pitch the eighth with the 1-0 lead, and the offseason acquisition got Tommy Edman and Kolten Wong to ground out to start the inning. But the Cardinals put together a two-out rally after Treinen walked Paul Goldschmidt on four pitches. Paul DeJong singled, and Harrison Bader hit an RBI single, scoring Goldschmidt and tying the game 1-1.
With the game now tied, Turner led off the bottom of the eighth with a double against Kodi Whitley. But Cody Bellinger flew out, Corey Seager grounded out and Pederson flew out to make nothing of it.
Kenley Jansen came in to pitch the ninth, and struck out all three of the batters he faced.
The Cardinals brought in Giovanny Gallegos to pitch the bottom of the ninth, and he walked Will Smith to start the inning. Next up: Lux, who hit a fastball right into the right field bleachers for a two-run walk-off home run, winning the game 3-1.
Here’s the box score:
Next up: a three-game series against the 8-11 Pirates, starting with Ross Stripling (1-0, 3.63 ERA) against Chris Stratton (1-2, 5.89 ERA). See you then!