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Dodgers Take Game Two Behind Puig’s Bat, Buehler’s Arm

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Sep 14, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run off of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty (not pictured) during the second inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers and Cardinals were back at it again on Friday night in St Louis with some firepower on display. Two young right-handed pitchers got the start in Walker Buehler and Jack Flaherty. And let’s just say, it was everything you could have hoped for.

Young Walker Buehler had the start of a lifetime, holding the red birds scoreless across eight masterful innings. The kid matched his career high by striking out nine while walking just two. In his two starts against the Cardinals, Buehler has tossed 15 consecutive scoreless innings, struck out 18, and allowed just five hits. You can bet there’s a good chance he gets the wild card start should the need arise.

Yasiel Puig got the scoring started for Los Angeles against a very tough Jack Flaherty. The Cardinal’s pitcher was no slouch in this one, tossing six innings and allowing just one run to come across on Puig’s solo shot in the second. Puig launched another one off of Tyler Webb in the ninth to extend the lead.

Kenley Jansen came on to close out the ninth and looked much better than he did the previous night. He plunked Yairo Munoz to start the inning but came back to retire the next three batters. It was Jansen’s 35th save of the season, and his ERA is down to 2.89 again.

Looking Ahead

With a loss from the Cardinals and the Rockies, the Dodgers were able to move up a game in both the wild card as well as the west. They are now tied with St Louis for the second wild-card spot and a mere half-game behind Colorado in the west. Rich Hill gets the start against John Gant today in a 10:05 AM PT game.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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