Pitchers’ Dual In St. Louis; Late Homer Ruins Game

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Hyun-Jin Ryu and Carlos Martinez battled on the mound on Wednesday night and Martinez won the battle, throwing eight innings of one-run ball in the Cardinals 2-1 win over the Dodgers. Dexter Fowler hit a monstrous home run off Ross Stripling in the eighth inning, giving the Cardinals the lead.

 Dodgers 1 
 Cardinals 2  0

Carlos Martinez proved very hard to score against on Wednesday night, as he held the Dodgers to one run on four hits over eight innings. The Dodgers were unable to score against him, which makes winning games very difficult. Hyun-Jin Ryu did not do terribly either, as he pitched six innings of one-run ball.

“Carlos, he was great,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Martinez. “He’s rare, and it’s fun when he’s all locked in.”

The Cardinals benefited from some miscommunication in the outfield in the second inning. Tommy Pham singled to right field with one out, then Stephen Piscotty hit a fly ball to right-center field. Kiké Hernández called the ball and set up perfectly to catch it but Chris Taylor ran in front and caught the ball. He was not in a good position to throw the ball back to the infield, so Pham tagged up and advanced to second base.

The next play showed just how costly the miscommunication in the outfield was. Paul DeJong then hit a fly ball to center field that Taylor misread and started to run toward the infield. Taylor then had to run back toward the wall, but the ball went over his head. Pham scored and DeJong cruised into second with a double, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.

The Dodgers were finally able to score against Martinez in the sixth inning. Corey Seager walked with one out, then Yasmani Grandal singled to right field, sending Seager to third. Adrián González then dug a pitch out of the dirt and drove it to center field. Fowler made the catch and Seager tagged up and scored, tying the game at one.

The Dodgers and Cardinals continued to battle with no one coming on top until the eighth inning. The Dodgers had brought Ross Stripling in to pitch the seventh inning, and they sent him back to the mound for the eighth. He recorded two outs, then fell behind to Dexter Fowler 2-1. He threw a slider to the switch-hitter but it didn’t break. Fowler got his bat on the ball and drove it over the wall in right-center field and over the Cardinals’ bullpen. The solo home run gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead and it gave Martinez a chance to get a win.

Seung Hwan Oh entered the game in the ninth inning to record the save and the Dodgers put up only a small fight. González singled to lead off the inning before Chase Utley struck out. Cody Bellinger then hit a weak pop up to Dexter Fowler for the second out. Oh then struck out Chris Taylor to secure the win for the Cardinals.

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Reflexes:

In the second inning, Carlos Martinez robbed Cody Bellinger of a hit. Bellinger hit a fastball back to the mound at 107.5 mph. Martinez somehow got his glove in the way and made a terrific catch, robbing Bellinger. For Cody, all he could do was walk back to the dugout. The ball was hit the hardest of any put out by a pitcher in the Statcast era.

Up Next:

Brandon McCarthy will take the mound for the Dodgers and Adam Wainwright will pitch for the Cardinals. McCarthy has allowed only one run over his last twelve innings, including a six-inning shutout against the Cubs. Wainwright will look to split the series while McCarthy will look to win the series for the Dodgers. The game will start at 10:45 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA, MLB Network, and ESPN. All we need now is for the Dodgers to win on my birthday.

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