Dodgers-Cardinals: LA Offense M.I.A Once Again in 10-0 Loss to St. Louis

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Dodgers-Cardinals: LA Offense M.I.A Once Again in 10-0 Loss to St. Louis

The St. Louis Cardinals used a six-run sixth inning to down the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second night in a row. It marked the first time this season the Dodgers have lost three games in a row; they went longer than any other club this season before hitting a three-game skid.

An hour and 38 minute rain delay pushed back the starting time of this contest and a constant drizzle chased players around the diamond for the remainder of the night.

The gloomy St. Louis sky best captured the poor offensive outing for the Dodgers, in addition to the inexcusable nine walks issued by the pitching staff in the 10-0 loss.

Los Angeles (62-38) continued a recent trend of stranding runners on base after leaving 17 base runners on during its previous two games. They left nine men on base tonight and failed to jump on opportunities to give Billingsley an early lead on the Cardinals (55-48).

The Boys in Blue got multi-hit efforts from Rafael Furcal, James Loney, and Russell Martin but missed chance after chance to push runs across against St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright, who worked eight innings of shutout baseball and gave up eight hits while striking out five Dodgers.

Chad Billingsley was in command and outdueled Wainwright through five innings, but the Cardinals sent 11 men to the plate in the sixth to open the floodgates on the Major League leading Dodgers.

He issued a leadoff walk to Mark DeRosa and Albert Pujols walked one out later on a borderline 3-2 pitch and that set up Matt Holliday with two runners on and just one out. Chad then fired a ball in the dirt and it skipped away from Russell Martin, which allowed the runners to advance to second and third.

The Dodgers elected to intentionally walk Holliday to load the bases and take their chances with Ryan Ludwick, who capitalized and laced 1-1 fastball into centerfield for a two-run single, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.

After recording a groundout, Yadier Molina added a two-run single of his own to nearly the same spot Ludwick hit his, and then the pitcher Wainwright delivered an RBI single to push the count to 5-0. Four of the six runs that came across in the sixth reached base via walk.

The Wainwright single chased Billingsley from the game. On the night, Chad went 5.2 innings and gave up six runs on four hits.

He also set a season-high with six walks issued (two intentional) despite striking out five, and the six runs allowed ties a season-high set just two starts ago against the Houston Astros. The outing increased his ERA to 3.96; it sat at just 2.59 after a Jun. 3 start.

Claudio Vargas relieved Billingsley and promptly gave up an RBI single to Skip Schumaker, as the Cardinals put a cap on the night with their sixth run of the inning. Vargas rebounded to fan the final batter of the inning and then strikeout the side in the seventh inning.

The Cardinals would add four more runs in the eighth, highlighted by a three-run homer by DeRosa off of Scott Elbert to make it an embarrassing 10-0 lead.

Mark Loretta then entered with two outs in the eighth for cleanup duties on the mound and his first offering hit Holliday in the back foot. He then got Ludwick to fly out to the warning track in left field to end the inning.

Tomorrow night pits Clayton Kershaw (8-5, 2.96) against Joel Pinero (9-9, 2.95) as the Dodgers look to pick up the pieces and salvage the remainder of this four-game series. Los Angeles needs to pick up their level of play because they are five games into a 20 game in 20 nights stretch, which means there will be no rest and no time to mull over a bad loss.

 

 

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WP: Wainwright (12-6)

LP: Billingsley (10-6)

 

Notes from Tuesday night

A Disappointing Inning

The six runs in the sixth inning for the Cardinals tied the season-high by an opponent for runs scored in an inning against the Dodgers. They also gave up six in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals on May 7.

 

Stults Picks up Win, Lindblom Gets Save for Albuquerque

Eric Stults pitched six innings on Monday night for the Albuquerque Isotopes. The southpaw allowed two runs to win his fourth game and is now 4-1 with a 4.00 ERA in triple-A.

Additionally, one of the Dodgers top prospects Josh Lindblom worked two innings to pick up his first of the season for the first place ‘Topes.

 

Speaking of Perfection…

Mark Buehrle followed up his perfect game by firing 5.2 inning of perfection before issuing a walk in the sixth inning tonight. He set a record by recording 45 consecutive outs over the two-game span.

This date in 1991 also holds significance for the lure of perfect games, as Dennis Martinez tossed a perfect game at Dodger Stadium as a member of the Montreal Expos.

It’s the only perfect game by an opposing pitcher at Dodger Stadium, and it also saw Dodgers’ starter Mike Miller take a perfect game through five innings. That is the longest an opposing starter has ever stayed perfect during an eventual perfect game. 

 

PJ Ross is a Featured Columnist for the Los Angeles Dodgers 

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