The Los Angeles Dodgers came into Sunday’s game trying to take the series after their offense finally came to life on the road against Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals the night before. Brett Anderson started for the Dodgers while the Cardinals went with Carlos Martinez in the series finale.
Alberto Callaspo made his first Dodger start and batted second. He struck out just after Joc Pederson did the same. Adrian Gonzalez hit one deep to left-center, but Randal Grichuk chased it down at the wall, robbing Gonzalez of a likely double for the second game in a row.
The Cardinals jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on an one-out Jhonny Peralta homer with Matt Carpenter on first. Anderson responded by retiring the next two batters to limit the damage and end the inning.
Andre Ethier became the first Dodger baserunner with a single in the second. However, his teammates failed to do anything with it. Martinez got Alex Guerrero to strike out as the Dodgers stranded Ethier on first. With two outs in the bottom half of the inning, Anderson issued back-to-back walks to put two on for Peter Bourjos.
Jimmy Rollins then helped his pitcher out with a nice backhanded stop and throw to second base for the force out. The Dodgers again failed to get anything going in the third. Rollins opened the inning with a bunt attempt, but Martinez was able to make the play.
Pederson hit one hard, only for Jason Hayward to make the catch in front of the right field wall. Callaspo then grounded out to complete the quiet inning. Anderson found himself in a little bit of a jam after issuing a walk to Peralta and giving up a single to Grichuk.
With two on and one out, Yadier Molina flied to Ethier with Grichuk running on the pitch and it resulted in an inning-ending double play as Ethier threw to first after making the catch. Gonzalez, Kendrick, and Ethier all grounded out in what was another scoreless inning.
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