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.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 9, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FINAL: Cardinals 4, #Dodgers 0
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 10, 2019
W: John Brebbia (1-0)
L: Ross Stripling (0-1)
A solid pitching matchup of Kenta Maeda and budding ace Jack Flaherty will take place as the Dodgers hope to not extend their losing streak to three.
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