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Simulating the Dodgers’ 2020 season: Game 11 vs. Cardinals

Alex Wood returns to the mound for the first time since his complete game shutout as the Dodgers face their first lefty of the year in Out of the Park Baseball 21.

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This is the tenth 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 decisive win against the Cardinals to open the series, we look to clinch at least a series tie.

Today’s pitching matchup: Alex Wood (1-0, 0.73 ERA) up against Kwang-Hyun Kim (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Wood threw a complete game shutout for us last time out, his first of the season, while KBO veteran Kim is making his first major league start of his career.

One lineup note: Kim is the first lefty we’ve faced this year, which brings a few changes. A.J. Pollock will start in left over Joc Pederson, and Kiké Hernández will start at second instead of Gavin Lux. With Corey Seager still out with injury, Chris Taylor starts again at short.

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 manager decisions, follow me on Twitch!

If you’ve been following this series, you won’t be surprised by what happened: the Dodgers opened up a big lead in the first. Mookie Betts led off with a single, and two batters later Justin Turner walked. Cody Bellinger hit a 423 foot home run to right-center field, scoring three and opening up a 3-0 Dodger lead. It was Bellinger’s sixth home run of the season, moving him into a tie with Eloy Jimenez and Ian Happ (???) for the most in baseball.

In the top of the fourth, Will Smith hit his second home run of the series and his fourth of the year, extending the lead to 4-0.

Alex Wood came out swinging once again, not only throwing five scoreless to start out the game — he didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning. There were base runners (three walks and an error), but the score remained 4-0 heading into the sixth.

Paul Goldschmidt led off the sixth with a double, the Cardinals’ first hit of the game, and Tyler O’Neill followed up with a two-run home run, cutting the lead to 4-2. After a mound visit found Wood declaring he was fine, he settled down and retired the next three batters to get out of the inning.

The Dodgers added an insurance run in the top of the second, as back-to-back doubles from Hernández and pinch hitter Matt Beaty made it 5-2.

From then, it was up to the bullpen. Scott Alexander pitched a scoreless seventh, Pedro Baez pitched a scoreless eighth, and Kenley Jansen recovered from an inning-opening single by Yadier Molina to retire the side and secure the 5-2 win.

Here’s the box score:

So the Dodgers move to 10-1, becoming the first team to reach the double digit wins milestone. Next up: what should be a great pitching matchup between Walker Buehler (1-0, 2.08 ERA) and Carlos Martinez (1-0, 0.84 ERA).