Bullpen Falters And Dodgers Lose First Home Series Since August 2014

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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After Yasiel Puig returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday and delivered a seventh-inning go-ahead RBI double, the Dodgers looked to avoid losing their first home series since August of 2014.

Following on the heels of Clayton Kershaw’s dominant performance, Zack Greinke started off well with easy 1-2-3 inning while also picking a strikeout along the way. Puig continued his strong comeback with a one-out single and scored on Justin Turner’s RBI double. Lance Lynn got Andre Ethier looking at strike three and the Dodgers settled for a 1-0 lead after the first.

Greinke struck out two more Cardinals in the second before giving up a two-out single to Mark Reynolds. Jon Jay went down swinging as Greinke struck out the side. The Dodgers, meanwhile, went down in order in their half with fly outs from Yasmani Gradal and Jimmy Rollins and a groundout from Kiké Hernandez.

After retiring the first two Cardinals quickly to begin the third inning, Greinke nearly allowed a Kolton Wong to home run to right. Instead, the ball hit off the short wall and Wong had himself a double. Greinke then pitched around Matt Carpenter, walking him on four pitches, but then got out of the jam by getting Matt Holliday to strike out swinging.

Turner delivered one again with an RBI during the bottom half. After the Greinke led things off with a single, he advanced to second on Puig’s second base hit of the game. By the time Turner got to the plate, the Dodgers were already facing two outs. He fouled off a couple of pitches, then singled to center, extending the Dodgers’ lead to 2-0.

The Cardinals had an opportunity to score after Jhonny Peralta began the fourth with a double to left, but they failed to take advantage. Greinke worked around it by picking up two more strikeouts and getting Jon Jay to pop out. The Dodgers had nothing going for them in the bottom half as they went down in order.

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