The Dodger bats came alive again, but their pitching continued to get worse as they surrendered 11 runs (9 earned) in an 11-7 loss to the Cardinals. Walker Buehler allowed 5 runs, followed by Pedro Báez who allowed 4 more, and Yimi García allowed 2.
After being slow-played this spring, Buehler was making his second start of the year. It was clear that he still isn’t sharp, possibly due to his quiet spring. But whatever the reason, Buehler allowed 5 earned runs on 5 hits in 4 innings.
Buehler allowed 4 runs in the second inning, an inning where he lost control of the game. A pair of singles to start the inning scared him out of the zone and he walked the bases loaded before hitting a batter with a pitch. The Cardinals then scored on a sacrifice fly, before scoring two more runs on a wild pitch with two outs.
When Dave Roberts put Báez into the game, he was hoping that Báez could deliver a well-pitched inning or two. But Báez and Buehler were suffering form the same disease of hitting batters with the bases loaded. The Cardinals also scored two runs on a single, then one more on an error.
While the pitching was garbage on Thursday afternoon, the Dodgers showed good signs with their bats. David Freese, Buehler, and Kiké Hernández all homered and the Dodgers hit 2 sac flies and an RBI single.
The Dodgers will try to forget about this series as they go home to host the Milwaukee Brewers. Julio Urías will pitch against Corbin Burnes in the series opener. Hopefully, we will see better pitching this series. The game will start at 7:10 pm on Friday.