Hours before first pitch Friday it was discovered skunks were under the photo well in the visitors dugout at Dodger Stadium. After time spent trying to remove them, it was decided to simply let them be as the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals met for a fifth time in the last week.
As Brett Anderson is known to do, he induced two groundball outs in the first inning before walking Matt Holliday. The free pass didn’t hurt the Dodger left-hander as Jhonny Peralta grounded out to Kiké Hernandez. Carlos Martinez ran into some two-out trouble as a walk of Adrian Gonzalez was followed by a Yasmani Grandal base hit.
Andre Ethier also made solid contact, but his line drive was caught by Jason Heyward to end the inning. Randal Grichuk flied out to Scott Schebler in left field, who made his MLB debut Friday and took an interesting route to track down the ball. Mark Reynolds worked a full count and drew a one-out walk in an otherwise quiet inning for the Cardinals.
Alberto Callaspo drew a leadoff walk and Schebler followed with a base hit to left, the first of his career. Hernandez then singled to right and the Dodgers had the bases loaded with no outs. After Martinez struck out Anderson he carefully pitched around Pederson and walked a run in. It would be the only run the Dodgers scored as Rollins hit a hard groundball that Reynolds made a backhanded stop on to start a 3-6-1 inning-ending double play.
Wong reached on a one-out chopper up the middle, but the Cardinals’ inning quickly came to an end as Matt Carpenter bounced to Gonzalez, who stepped on the bag and threw to Rollins at second for an inning-ending double play. Martinez retired the Dodgers in order and the score remained 1-0 in Los Angeles’ favor after three innings.
Neither team had so much as a baserunner reach in the fourth with both pitchers ending their respective inning on a swinging strikeout.
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