St. Louis rumbled into Los Angeles on Wednesday while setting up for a four game matchup with the Dodgers. Would it be easy? Of course not, but it’s the Cardinals we’re speaking of. We both know that they’d find some way to make it look easy. Boy, did they do that. With the help of marvelous pitching, a little defense and just enough run support, the Birds on the Bat were able to take three of four. Now, I’ll breakdown this exciting series and get you set up for the upcoming one..
The Cardinals took the first game of the series, 7-1. Backed by a dominant outing from Michael Wacha and an offensive “outburst”, the ‘birds were able to hold the highly-acclaimed Dodger offense to just one tally. Wacha picked up win number eight, deservingly, and clearly rebounded from his previous outing against the Dodgers. Michael allowed four runs in five and two-thirds inning against LA. Mike Frias, who went seven innings and allowed just one run against the Cardinals in his last start, was revenged upon. They knocked him around for five runs in the series opener…
Game two of the series featured Carlos Martinez and Brett Anderson. For the second straight night, the Cardinals’ pitching staff carried the workload necessary for any victory in the Majors. The Redbirds won, 2-1, and shut the Dodgers offense, again, to just one run. Carlos Martinez was beyond filthy. “Tsunami” allowed just one Dodger to cross home plate in the seven innings he tossed. Along the way, he struck out eleven batters. Not to go go unnoticed is the work put in by Brett Anderson. He made it through seven and two-thirds innings and allowed just two tallies. Despite the impressive start, Anderson and his team lost the ballgame. Trevor Rosenthal racked up save number eighteen. Following game two’s save, Rosenthal is 18/19 in save opportunities.
Game three of the series was a pitchers’ duel to say the least. It was a battle of southpaws- Clayton Kershaw and Jaime Garcia- who battled against each other. The game remained scoreless through six and half innings. The Dodgers were able to plate two runs, the total of runs they scored in the first two game of the series. The game would end that way, 2-0. Though Jaime Garcia was charged with the game’s loss, his start shouldn’t be thrown to the side. He made it through seven innings and allowed only two runs. Here’s some food for thought if you’re interested: In Jaime’s four starts this season, the Cardinals have only scored in one. Hence, the 1-3 record he supports..
The fourth and final game of this series and finale of the overall season series between these two teams was started by Zack Greinke and Lance Lynn. A pitcher’s duel, yet again, but it ended in the Cardinals’ favor this go around. Backed by a three-run eighth inning, the Redbirds beat the Dodgers 4-2. The Cardinals couldn’t get much of anything going against Greinke, but they were able to hammer down against the Los Angeles bullpen. Jhonny Peralta hit his ninth long ball of the year in the ballgame. Trevor Rosenthal capped off the game with his nineteenth save of the season.
The Cardinals will head to Denver next for a three game set with the Colorado Rockies. Game one will be started by John Lackey and David Hale.
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