Kenta Maeda allowed 5 earned runs over 5.1 innings and J.T. Chargois allowed 2 more runs as Dodger pitching dropped the ball once again in the Dodgers’ 7-2 loss to the Cardinals. Pitching has been a problem all year, but it wasn’t until the offense died that we’ve noticed just how bad it is. But now that the Dodgers have stopped scoring 10 runs per game, it’s crucial that Dodger pitching gets back on track.
For about the first 5 innings, Maeda looked good. He threw 1-2-3 innings in the first and fifth and faced just 4 batters in the third. Even in the second and fourth innings, innings in which he allowed runs, there wasn’t a ton of hard contact. It mainly looked like the Cardinals were getting lucky.
Because of this, it made sense for Dave Roberts to send Maeda back out to the mound. It made even more sense considering the fact that the bullpen needs a bit of a break. But this move quickly backfired on Roberts.
The first two Cardinal batters of the 6th inning reached base when Dodger outfielders were unable to dive and catch a ball. Paul Goldschmidt singled in front of Chris Taylor, then Paul DeJong hit an RBI triple past a diving Joc Pederson.
Unlike Dodger pitching, the Cardinals’ pitchers actually played well on Wednesday night. Jack Flaherty struck out 8 Dodgers over 6 innings of one-run ball. His only mistake was a home run that he allowed to Pederson. Other than that, he was terrific.
The Dodgers will try to get back on track and salvage this series with a win in the final game. Walker Buehler will face off against Michael Wacha at 10:15 am on Thursday. Although I try to be optimistic whenever possible, I don’t believe we will be seeing great things from Buehler. He barely pitched this spring, which showed in his last start. Hopefully, the Dodger offense can get back on track so they have a chance to win.