After being shut out in a fourth consecutive road game Friday, which set a franchise record, the Los Angeles Dodgers needed to wait an additional two hours and 20 minutes before they could again go to work on snapping their road scoreless streak.
As rain fell in the hours leading up to first pitch and throughout the game, the Dodgers’ offensive drought carried into the sixth inning. Facing Michael Wacha for only the third time, but first in the regular season, the St. Louis Cardinals’ right-hander had a no-hitter through five innings.
Justin Turner broke it up with a one-out double and it wound up opening the flood gates. Howie Kendrick tied the game with an RBI single and Yasmani Grandal landed the knockout punch with an opposite field three-run home run in his first game back from the seven-day concussion disabled list.
The home run was Grandal’s third in the month and he’s now collected 15 RBIs in May; he has five home runs and 20 RBIs this season. While the Dodgers managed to end their scoreless streak on the road it wasn’t before they sent a franchise record by going without a run in 42 consecutive innings away from Dodger Stadium.
As tracked by MLB’s Statcast technology, Grandal’s home run had an exit velocity of 108.1 MPH and reached a peak height of 68 feet: