Dodgers fall to the St. Louis Cardinals in the final game of the series.
The Dodgers came into tonight’s game after winning the first two games against the Cardinals and were looking for a sweep, but unfortunately fell short.
Alex Wood got the start and was again great at home. He pitched 6 complete innings tonight and allowed just three hits and one earned run. He gave up a solo home run to Matt Carpenter in the top of the third inning. In his six innings of work he only walked one and struck out five.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Dodgers tied the game when Corey Seager went yard on a solo home run to left field. Wood left the game after completing the sixth inning with a tie game at 1-1, then the bullpen entered.
The bullpen tonight was back to their usual ways and I affectionately called them the “blowpen”. Yadier Molina came into the game at the top of the seventh inning and hit a two run double to break up the tie off of Joe Blanton. Blanton gave up another run in the top of the eighth inning after allowing a lead off double. In the bullpen’s defense, Dave Roberts called for two intentional walks in the same inning which usually does not end up well.
Seager was the only offense of the night. He hit two solo home runs and scored the only two runs for the Dodgers. Tonight was Seager’s first multi-home run game of his career. He now has six home runs on the season, three of those have come from righties and the other three have come from lefties. Seager is not only proving he can hit for power, but doing it against both right handed pitchers and left handed pitchers. After tonight’s game, Seager and Joc Pederson now lead the Dodgers in OPS and home runs. Both have hit six home runs and Pederson’s OPS is .859 while Seager’s is .846. It seems like the young guns have been stepping up the most lately for the boys in blue.
In some other news, Hyun-jin Ryu had a rehab assignment today at Rancho Cucamonga where he threw 22 pitches and two innings. Ryan Walton of True Blue LA reported all about the rehab start. In the first inning, Ryu threw 13 pitches and 12 of those were strikes. Apparently his velocity was way down, but Ryu explained that they are easing into it all again. He said that he was not throwing nearly as hard as he could. Ryu is scheduled to pitch at Rancho again on Friday. He believes that he needs about four more starts before getting back to his full strength and joining the Dodgers again.
Basically, Wood was great, Seager scored all the runs, but the Dodgers fell short. On the bright side, none of the Dodgers got punched in the face. (How about that brawl though?)
The Dodgers will be back at it again when they start a new series with the Los Angeles Angels at 7:10 PM tomorrow.