Dodgers-Cardinals: Los Angeles Can't Find Its Bats in 6-1 Loss

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Dodgers-Cardinals: Los Angeles Can't Find Its Bats in 6-1 Loss

The Los Angeles Dodgers headed east to begin a seven-game road trip on Monday night. They began by taking on the St. Louis Cardinals and their ace Chris Carpenter.

Dodgers’ starter Randy Wolf gave up a run in the first and a run in the second but that was enough to earn him his fifth loss of the season, as the Dodgers lost for the third time in the last four days, falling 6-1 to the home town Cards.

L.A. is now just 3-15 against St. Louis (57-48) since the 2004 season.

It was an odd loss for the visiting Dodgers (62-37), as they collected 13 hits Sunday and 11 last night but suffered a defeat in both games, as they have left 17 men on base over the span of two games.

They are 34-7 this season when having 10 or more hits and lost tonight despite every Dodgers position player that started getting a base knock.

Wolf (5-5) threw six innings and allowed just those two runs on seven hits. He fanned four but also walked two, yet it wasn’t enough as the Dodgers’ offense was unable to breakthrough for any significant run support.

The scoring got started in the bottom of the first when newly-acquired Matt Holliday blasted an RBI-double off the base of the wall in his first at-bat at Busch Stadium since joining the team last week.

Julio Lugo, another recent pickup, rolled a two-out infield single into the hole between third and shortstop. The ball was just slow enough to force Dodgers’ shortstop Rafael Furcal to hold onto the ball and watch the run score from third and extend the Cards' lead to 2-0.

The Boys in Blue had to play a little small ball to get onto the scoreboard for their lone run.

Matt Kemp led off the third with a single and Wolf followed with a sacrifice bunt to advance Kemp to second. After a wild pitch moved him to third, Furcal hit a sacrifice fly into right field to plate Kemp and cut the margin in half at 2-1.

In addition to driving in the only run of the night, Furcal was also 3-for-4.

The Dodgers mounted a rally to start the fifth when Furcal singled to right and Orlando Hudson reached on a bunt single, bringing Manny Ramirez to the plate with two men on and no outs.

Ramirez bounced into his second double play of the evening when he bounced into a 6-4-3 putout to stymie the momentum. Andre Ethier popped out to shallow left field and as soon as the rally has started, Carpenter put a swift end to it.

James McDonald entered in the seventh and surrendered a home run to Mark DeRosa and was tagged up for three runs, only one earned, in just two-thirds of an inning pitched.

The Cards notched four runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach for the Blue Crew.

Los Angeles will try to pick up the pieces and come back tomorrow night in the second game of the four-game series, as Chad Billingsley (10-5, 3.72 ERA) will take on Adam Wainwright (11-6, 2.95).

 

 

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WP: Carpenter (9-3)

LP: Wolf (5-5)

SV: Franklin (23)

 

Notes from Monday night

The Mysterious World of Mr. Kuo

Hong Chi-Kuo made his long-awaited return to the Dodgers on Monday night. He threw 10 pitches and worked a scoreless ninth in his first appearance since the end of May. In fact, Kuo didn’t even make it into the team press release for the game.

Andre the Giant

After going 1-for-4 tonight, Andre Ethier extended his modest hitting streak to eight games. Over that stretch, he is hitting .533 (16-for-30) and has raised his average from .248 to .271.

 

Taking a Rare Defeat

The Dodgers lost to the Marlins yesterday despite outhitting them 13-11; when gaining more hits than the opponent, their record slid to 52-7 this season. 

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