Adam Wainwright did it all for the Cardinals on Thursday afternoon, pitching six shutout innings and hitting a two-run home run, leading the Cardinals to a 2-0 win over the Dodgers. The Dodgers were unable to score against the Cards, who held them to only five hits. Adrián González and Yasmani Grandal were both ejected at separate times in the ninth inning for disputing balls and strikes.
Adam Wainwright was not taking it easy on the Dodgers on Thursday afternoon. He struck out six Dodgers batters over six innings, walked two and allowed four hits. He used seven groundouts over his six innings which meant that the Dodgers were not squaring up on the ball.
Wainwright, however, was not content to wait for his team to drive in runs, something they didn’t do. With a man on second and two outs, Dodgers’ pitcher Brandon McCarthy threw a 2-2 curveball expecting Wainwright would do what most pitchers do, strikeout. Instead, Wainwright drove the ball over the Dodgers’ bullpen in left field for a two-run home run.
Brandon McCarthy pitched well with the exception of the home run by Wainwright. The Cardinals had runners on base in every inning, but McCarthy avoided trouble in all except for the second. McCarthy was limited to four innings, however, due to some blistering on his pitching hand.
“Where he was at, I wanted him to keep going,” Dave Roberts said of McCarthy. “But there’s a blister situation, so I had to manage it.”
The Dodgers’ bullpen continued to dominate, holding the Cards scoreless over five innings. The bullpen’s effort, however, was not enough because the Dodgers were unable to muster any offense. The lack of offense combined with both the Rockies and Diamondbacks winning put the Dodgers behind the leaders by 0.5 games.
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In the fourth inning, the Dodgers had runners on first and third with two outs against Wainwright. Austin Barnes was the batter and, unfortunately for him, Aledmys Diaz was playing shortstop. Barnes hit it back up the middle, but Diaz was in the right position to steal a hit and RBI from Barnes. He dove to pick up the ball then threw to second for the forceout, ending the inning.
Home-plate umpire Marty Foster ejected both Adrián González and Yasmani Grandal for arguing balls and strikes. Foster had been calling a generous outside corner all day, but when he realized it, he kept going. I believe that Foster did what he was supposed to do, keeping the strike zone consistent. It’s the players’ job to adjust the the strike zone, not the umpire’s job to adjust the players.
The Dodgers will travel to Milwaukee to take on the NL Central-leading Brewers. Clayton Kershaw will look to bounce back from his last outing when he allowed four earned runs in just 4.1 innings against the Cubs. Jimmy Nelson will take the mound for the Brewers in the first meeting between the two teams. The game will start at 5:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA.