The red-hot Dodgers (8-2) moved on to St. Louis to face the Cardinals (4-5) to open up an important four-game road series.
The Dodgers sent Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0, 2.08 ERA) to the hill to face 2018 breakout Miles Mikolas (0-1, 7.20 ERA).
Justin Turner got the day off moving Max Muncy to third base and Alex Verdugo was given the start in right field because of the shuffle. The lineup shaped up to be a solid one, nonetheless.
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The Dodgers kicked off the scoring immediately, pounding the recently struggling Miles Mikolas for two runs. Joc Pederson was hit by a pitch to start the game and a Corey Seager single moved Joc to third to threaten early. Cody Bellinger grounded into an RBI fielder’s choice to bring home the first run of the game. AJ Pollock then followed up with a double of his own to bring Belli all the way home from second to push the lead to two. Max Muncy flied out and Alex Verdugo grounded out to end the top half of the first.
The Cards punched back in the bottom half of the inning, tying the game at two apiece. Paul Goldschmidt walked and Jose Martinez erased him on a fielder’s choice, with Marcell Ozuna cranking a 115mph laser into the seats. Ryu came back and gave up a double to Paul DeJong but was able to escape that with a Yadier Molina lineout.
An easy 1-2-3 inning for Miles Mikolas against the bottom of the Dodger order.
Hyun-Jin Ryu induced a Harrison Bader groundout and struck out Kolten Wong. After making one pitch to Miles Mikolas, Hyun-Jin Ryu was forced from the game with an apparent injury which obviously is a big blow to the team. We wish Ryu the best of luck and hope the injury is nothing serious. Dylan Floro came on to replace Ryu and retired Miles Mikolas quickly.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) April 9, 2019
Miles Mikolas with another 1-2-3 inning with three flyouts from the top of the lineup.
Dylan Floro posted a 1-2-3 inning of his own, highlighted by a strikeout of Paul Goldschmidt.
Mikolas was cruising with yet another 1-2-3 inning from the middle of the order, striking out Max Muncy.
Floro, putting in work, tossed another 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout of Paul DeJong.
Mikolas hit his second batter of the game with Russell Martin. Chris Taylor came on to pinch-hit for Dylan Floro and flew out. Joc Pederson was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, extending the inning for Corey Seager to single home Russell Martin to retake the lead. CodyLove worked a walk to load the bases with two outs for AJ Pollock who struck out.
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Scott Alexander came into the game. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout of Harrison Bader.
Max Muncy singled to start the inning and Enrique Hernandez doubled him over to third with one out. The Dodgers ended the threat with a Russell Martin fly ball for a double play due to an Enrique Hernandez base-running miscue. Harrison Bader is a good defensive center fielder.
Matt Carpenter led the bottom half of the sixth inning off with a single. The Dodgers brought in Joe Kelly in relief of Scott Alexander. Paul Goldschmidt walked. Jose Martinez delivered an RBI single to even the score in the sixth. Marcell Ozuna grounded into a double play to minimize the threat of Paul DeJong. Paul Goldschmidt then proceeded to score on a Joe Kelly wild pitch. Surprise, surprise. Paul DeJong singled. Yadier Molina lined out to end the inning but not before the Cardinals retook the lead.
John Gant came on in relief after a decent effort for Miles Mikolas. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout of Corey Seager.
Pedro Baez pitched a 1-2-3 inning of his own.
Cody Bellinger walked. Max Muncy grounded into a double play to end the top half of the inning.
Pedro Baez tossed another 1-2-3 inning.
Jordan Hicks came on for the save for the Cardinals. He struck out Alex Verdugo. He walked Enrique Hernandez. Russell Martin popped up for out number two and Justin Turner grounded out to end the ball game.
Cardinals Win, 4-3.
W: Miles Mikolas (1-1)
L: Joe Kelly (1-2)
SV: Jordan Hicks (2)
Ross Stripling (0-0, 2.31 ERA) will be sent to the mound to face Dakota Hudson (0-1, 5.40 ERA) at 4:45 pm PT.
The Dodgers moved to a stellar 8-3 and the Cardinals get back to .500 at 5-5. The Dodgers maintain a 1.5 game lead in the NL West over the San Diego Padres and remain only a half-game back of the Milwaukee Brewers for the best record in the National League.