Four days after concluding a weekend series in St. Louis, the Cardinals and Dodgers met Thursday to begin a four-game set in Los Angeles. It was a rematch between Carlos Frias and Michael Wacha with the Dodger right-hander looking to move to 2-0 against the Redbirds this season.
Kolten Wong opened the game with a base hit to center, but was quickly erased as Frias picked him off first base. After Matt Carpenter drew a walk, Matt Holliday hit a chopper to second that appeared to result in an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play. However, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny successfully challenged the out call at first base.
Jhonny Peralta then singled to center before Frias ended the inning by striking out Mark Reynolds. In quest of a sixth consecutive home-run game, Joc Pederson hit a frozen rope that Jason Heyward made a leaping catch on at the warning track in right field. Wacha then got Yasmani Grandal to strikeout and Adrian Gonzalez to ground out for a scoreless first inning.
Frias had a much easier second inning as he sat the Cardinals down in order. Whereas Wacha no-hit the Dodgers into the sixth inning the last time he faced them, there wouldn’t be a repeat as Justin Turner hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the second. It wouldn’t lead to any runs however, with Wacha retiring the next three batters.
Carpenter reached on a two-out error in the third and it wound up costing the Dodgers. Holliday and Peralta followed with singles, the latter of which scored a run. Mark Reynolds dropped a flare single into right field and the Cardinals led 2-0 headed to the bottom of the third.
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