Joe Kelly gave up a game-tying RBI single in the 6th inning, followed by a go-ahead wild pitch as the Cardinals beat the Dodgers 4-3. The Cardinals took the lead just half an inning after a huge baserunning error by Kiké Hernández that ended a Dodger threat in the top of the sixth.
Kelly struggled with command of his pitches, a problem that got him into trouble. After a double-play, the Cardinals had a man on third with two outs. In a 1-0 count, a changeup got away and went all the way to the backstop, allowing Paul Goldschmidt to score on a wild pitch, giving the Cardinals a 4-3 lead.
While I’ve put a lot of the blame on Kelly, I believe that Hernández played a big part in this loss. Now, don’t get me wrong, I think Hernández is great, but last night he made a very critical error on the bases. Hernández was at second with Max Muncy at third when Russell Martin hit a fly ball to center field with only 1 out.
Hernández took off running as if there were two outs. When the ball was caught, he was already past third base and had nearly passed Muncy. The Cardinals doubled him up easily and put an end to the Dodgers’ threat.
As if the loss wasn’t bad enough news, Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers’ starting pitcher, left the game in the 2nd inning with a left groin strain. Ryu has had problems with groin strains before, which have caused him to miss more than half a season.
The Dodgers will look to play better baseball in game 2 of the series. Ross Stripling and Dakota Hudson will face off on the mound. The Dodgers, who are in the midst of a 17-game stretch with no off-days, will be looking for at least 6-7 innings from Stripling. The game will begin at 4:45 pm.