Game Recap: Timely Hit Evades Dodgers in Shutout Loss

The Dodgers headed into the second game of a four-game road trip against the St. Louis Cardinals after dropping the first game of the series.

They ran Ross Stripling out against rookie Dakota Hudson in hopes to even up the series.

1st Inning:

Joc Pederson opened things up with a flyout as he continues to cool down. Justin Turner singled and moved to second on a Dakota Hudson wild pitch. Cody Bellinger then singled for himself but could not score Turner from second. Hudson buckled down and picked up strikeouts of AJ Pollock and Max Muncy to end the top half of the first inning.

Ross Stripling got into trouble early in this one. After getting two quick outs with a Matt Carpenter popout and a Paul Goldschmidt strikeout, Paul DeJong doubled and Marcell Ozuna walked to start a two-out rally. Yadier Molina then proceeded to knock a  ground-rule double to open the scoring.

1-0, Cardinals.

2nd Inning:

Hudson settled in quickly and picked up three ground ball outs of Enrique Hernandez, Chris Taylor, and Austin Barnes.

Stripling matched Hudson in the second with a Kolten Wong groundout and strikeouts of both Harrison Bader and Dakota Hudson.

1-0, Cardinals.

3rd Inning:

Again, the Dodgers picked up baserunners but could not score. Ross Stripling started the inning off with a strikeout. Joc Pederson and Justin Turner each walked with one out, but Cody Bellinger lined into a double play to end the threat.

Again, the Cardinals led a scoring threat. Matt Carpenter walked, as did Paul DeJong and once again, Yadier Molina came up clutch with a two-run double to extend the deficit to three.

3-0, Cardinals.

4th Inning:

Again, the Dodgers failed with runners in scoring position. Max Muncy and Enrique Hernandez both singled and Dakota Hudson walked Austin Barnes intentionally to load the bases. However, Ross Stripling struck out to end the threat.

Ross Stripling looked better in the fourth, striking out the side of Kolten Wong, Harrison Bader, and Dakota Hudson.

3-0, Cardinals.

5th Inning:

Another failure with runners in scoring position. Cody Bellinger doubled, AJ Pollock singled, and Max Muncy walked. John Brebbia came on in relief for Dakota Hudson and struck out Enrique Hernandez to ensure another RISP failure.

Stripling got pounded a little bit again in the fifth. After striking out Matt Carpenter, Strip allowed a solo homer to Paul Goldschmidt to move the deficit to four. Paul DeJong doubled to keep the train moving, but Chicken Strip got two quick outs.

4-0, Cardinals.

6th Inning:

John Brebbia pitched a solid sixth inning, working around a leadoff Chris Taylor walk to punch out Austin Barnes and Joc Pederson.

Caleb Ferguson looked great in the sixth, despite being visibly frustrated with the home plate umpire for supposedly rushing him. Dexter Fowler singled but that was it. Ferg picked up two strikeouts of Kolten Wong and Harrison Bader.

4-0, Cardinals.

7th Inning:

John Gant relieved John Brebbia in the seventh and despite a Justin Turner leadoff walk, left unscathed. He struck out both AJ Pollock and Max Muncy.

Ferguson got Matt Carpenter to line out and was replaced by recent callup JT Chargois. Despite a walk to Paul DeJong, Chargois looked fantastic and even struck out Marcell Ozuna.

4-0, Cardinals.

8th Inning:

Another threat put to bed as Mike Mayers relieved John Gant in the eighth. Enrique Hernandez picked up a ground-rule double to lead it off and Chris Taylor walked. Austin Barnes was sat down. Andrew Miller replaced Mayers and struck out Corey Seager and induced a David Freese lineout.

Yimi Garcia looked a lot more comfortable on the mound than in recent days. He hit Kolten Wong with a pitch but struck out both Dexter Fowler and Tyler O’Neill.

4-0, Cardinals.

9th Inning:

Dominic Leone came on to pitch and the Dodgers got nothing going and went down pretty quietly. JT struck out and Cody Bellinger walked, but AJ grounded into a double play to end the game.


W: John Brebbia (1-0)

L: Ross Stripling (0-1)

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Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Shades of most of the 2018 season anybody? It sure looks like it now because the Dodgers are facing better pitching than they did against Colorado and AZ. I mean one would think we went back in time with the way the Dodgers were completely shut out with RISP. And Stripling? OK i guess but he, like every other Dodger pitcher just cannot keep Goldy in the yard.

    1. PaulDodgerFan1965. In one of your posts, you emphatically stated tBellinger should be batting 4th for the Dodgers period. You didn’t care for the Dodgers brain-trust moving Bellinger from 3rd-4th-5th. How do you feel about where he plays, one game in RF, next game 1B, today’s game he played both RF and 1B. Personally, I would play him at 1B, but that would create postion quandry for Muncy and Freese. I get it if Bellinger is in RF, then Muncy/Freese at 1B. I did see one game earlier this season Muncy was at 3rd. to give Turner a day-off.

  2. For those of you keeping track(I am), Pederson for the month of April is 0-18(ever since the Giants: 3-LHPs, Rockies: 1). He has forgotten how to hit and the decision-makers still have him batting lead-off. Honestly, before the season i was worried about the Dodgers catching duo being “automatic-outs,” but Now its Pederson, Taylor and some extent Seager. With Seager he had that “kid-gloves” spring training that affecting him. Pederson’s batting avg. in March was over .400, but has fallen to just above .200and Taylor’s is about .110?

  3. Holy reversal of fortune, Batman!!!! Check the batting averages of CT3 amd Joc, and therein lies the tail. How about starting Verdugo in left, manager. Now, Martin is on the Dl, and Gale has been brought up. Sometimes, it is either feast or famine, and right now the latter is winning out. Add to that the results of Kersh’s latest rehab effort and we have trouble. I would still go after Kimbrel; we might be able to slot him in nicely in the BP. Kersh’s future might be in doubt. Go Blue!!!

    1. Lou-Dodger, I’m not counting on Kershaw to be the cure-all for what’s ailing the Dodgers. Honestly, I’m hoping he can stay healthy. I believe he is finished as a #1-type starting pitcher.

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