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Recap: Dodgers Lose Their Cool As Offense Goes Cold At Busch Stadium



Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
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Lackey continued to sail in the fifth as Guerrero grounded out on the first pitch of his at-bat for the first out. Ellis went down looking for a second time in the game and Bolsinger flied out to right on the first pitch he saw. Lackey needed only eight pitches to get through the quick inning.

Carpenter drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the fifth and stole second base on called strike three with Peralta at the plate. Bolsinger then got Grichuk to fly out and the Dodgers trailed 2-0 through five innings.

Pederson struck out on a foul tip to lead off the sixth, which was followed by a Rollins single to right field. However, as has often been the case over the last few weeks and in their games at Busch Stadium in recent years, the Dodgers failed to get any offense going as Kendrick grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Reynolds led off the bottom of the sixth with a base hit and he advanced to second base on a slow grounder to Turner that resulted in the first out of the inning. After Bolsinger walked Heyward to put two on with one out, Reynolds was caught stealing third for the second out. Peter Bourjos then struck out swinging and the Cardinals lead remained 2-0.

Gonzalez and Turner hit back-to-back singles in the seventh, which brought Andre Ethier to the plate representing the go-ahead run. He was called out on strikes, argued and so did Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who subsequently got ejected.

Guerrero then fouled out on a hanging breaking ball and Ellis struck out to give Lackey nine strikeouts and the Dodgers again came away empty after getting men on base. With J.P. Howell on the mound Ed Easley pinch-hit and reached on an error as Turner was unable to handle a chopper.

Wong’s reached on a fielder’s choice and took second base despite Howell alertly throwing to first upon noticing the Cardinals’ second baseman getting an early jump. The Dodgers challenged the safe call but the ruling was upheld.

Howell proceeded to walk Carpenter on four pitches and as acting manager Tim Wallach made his way out of the dugout for a double switch, Ellis was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. As a result, Austin Barnes, Chris Heisey and Juan Nicasio all entered the game to replace Ellis, Guerrero and Howell.

Peralta promptly greeted Nicasio with an RBI double that pushed the Cardinals’ lead to 3-0. Nicasio intentionally walked Grichuk to load the bases and prevented the Cardinals from adding to their lead by getting a strikeout and fly out to end the inning.

Rollins hit a two-out double in the eighth, but the Cardinals’ bullpen otherwise lived up to its billing as Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal combined to pitch two scoreless innings to wrap up a 3-0 win for their club. The shutout loss was the Dodgers’ fourth in their last 10 games.

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