Ross Stripling allowed 4 earned runs over 5 innings, but the more disturbing part of the Dodger loss was their bats. The Dodgers went 2-11 with RISP, leaving 13 men on base as they were shutout by the Cardinals 4-0.
As I watched the recap video, the Dodgers looked like they had reverted back to their 2018 ways. It looked like each player was trying to be the hero. Instead of the way they’d been playing before St. Louis, where they were working quality at bats and passing the baton to the next man, they made mediocre pitching look great.
An example of what I’m talking about came in the first inning. Justin Turner singled with one out, then reached second on a wild pitch. Cody Bellinger then singled and advanced Turner to third. Previously, the Dodgers would have scored at least one run on a sacrifice fly. But instead, both A.J. Pollock and Max Muncy struck out to end the inning.
The Cardinals had the Dodgers on their heels from the get-go, thanks to a two-out rally. Stripling retired the first two batters before Paul DeJong doubled and Marcell Ozuna walked. Yadier Molina then hit an RBI ground-rule double to take a 1-0 lead.
The Cardinals took advantage of two walks in the third inning to tack on two more runs. Molina came to the plate with men on first and second and he banged on off-speed pitch down the line for a two-run double.
The Cardinals scored one more run when Dodger-killer, Paul Goldschmidt continued his hot hitting versus the Dodgers. In the bottom of the 5th, Goldschmidt crushed a fastball from Stripling and deposited it in the seats behind right field.
The Dodgers will look to rebound in game 3 as Kenta Maeda and Jack Flaherty face off. The Dodgers desperately need length out of Maeda to give their tired bullpen a break. The game will start at 4:45 pm.