One day after being no-hit through five innings before scoring four runs in the sixth inning, the Los Angeles Dodgers were held in check by St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez on Sunday.
Brett Anderson gave up a two-run home run in the first inning and the Cardinals’ 2-0 lead felt much larger throughout the majority of the series finale. Andre Ethier singled with one out in the second inning and the Dodgers didn’t collect a second hit until Joc Pederson’s two-out solo home run off Kevin Siegrist in the eighth inning.
Pederson’s no-doubter pulled the Dodgers within a run of their postseason nemesis and was his first Major-League home run against a left-handed pitcher. He now has 13 home runs on the season, which leads the Dodgers and all rookies, and ranks eighth overall in the Majors.
The home run was Pederson’s first in the last eight games after he cleared the fence on May 22 and May 23. He’s now slashing .258/.361/.290 with the one home run, one double, two RBIs, five walks and 12 strikeouts in 36 plate appearances when facing a lefty.
Comparatively, Pederson is batting .256/.390/.589 with 12 home runs, seven doubles, 21 RBIs, 27 walks and 46 strikeouts in 160 plate appearances against right-handed pitching.