This game did not end favorably for the Cardinals, despite them being the team with an extra base hit on the night. Sometimes, that happens, but it is still stupid and I hate it.
Matt Carpenter strokes a two strike base hit up the middle but is erased on a Matt Holliday double play ball that you could just sense coming. Matt Adams goes down on strikes waving at big breaker by Goatee. Adam Wainwright's turn. Vin Scully just called him a "big drink of water', which made me chuckle. Dee Gordon gets aboard on a walk, as Wainwright works to figure out the zone. This leads to the much anticipated Waino and Yadier Molina vs. Dee Gordon battle. After going 3-1 on Yasiel Puig, Waino fights back to get a pop out. A flyout and a lineout from Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp end the inning. Dee Gordon appears to want no part of Yadi. Maybe he remembers this:
Jonathan Mayhew "Skinny" Wainwright was a general in the United States Army, commander of the Allied forces in the Philippines during WWII at the time of Japan's surrender, and a Medal of Honor recipient. He received this honor for
Distinguished himself by intrepid and determined leadership against greatly superior enemy forces... His courage and resolution were a vitally needed inspiration to the then sorely pressed freedom-loving peoples of the world.
Miguel Rojas gets the first hit for the Dodgers in the bottom of the sixth. After getting the pitcher, Josh Beckett, to flyout with the help of a good play by Allen Craig, Dee Gordon would flare a hit left, putting runners on first and second with one out. Adam would channel General Wainwright, getting Yasiel Puig to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat.
The Cardinals best scoring chance came in the top of the seventh. With two outs, Craig doubled to right center. Jon Jay lined a single into left field, but Matt Kemp made a perfect throw with a pretty good tag by Drew Butera to nab Craig at the plate and keep the game scoreless. With Beckett at 107 pitches, it appears his night will be through. Fink declared in his preview that "The bullpen hasn't been very good." Let's hope his words turn prophetic.
Three pretty stinky groundball singles equal a run for the Dodgers in the bottom of the eighth. Something called a Justin Turner, that happens to have 121 WRC+ this year would get the RBI past a lunging Jhonny Peralta to score Juan Uribe. Waino did strike out Puig on this pitch, however.
This does not bode well for our beloved Birds as Kenley Janson comes in to close it out.
But lo! Signs of life! Matt Adams flares a single to left, and what do we see? Peter Bourjos in to pitch run! Oh dear! Bourjos promtly steals second, but is called out! The umpire says he stepped off the base! And...
I think I have seen Bourjos called out at second twice this year, and both times it was because he was off the bag. He should probably stop doing that.
Peralta flies out and the Dodgers win 1-0.
I mean, honestly, we probably weren't going to win anyway, but it would have been cool to see what would have happened, especially with Bourjos running.
Bloody frustrating is what it is. Brain effing Wilson gets the win. Barf.
The good news, however, is that our exhausted bullpen gets a rest as Waino throws a complete game. Kind of a stinky consolation, but that is what we get.
LIL SCOOTER'S PAIN IN THE ASS OF THE GAME:
Josh Beckett is the recipient of this award going seven scoreless innings off four hits and four strikeouts with .334 WPA.
Vin Scully Teaching Moment:
Tweet/Gamethread Comment of the Game:
Vin Scully just talked to me about bird poop and I have never been more enchanted.
— Lana Berry (@Lana) June 27, 2014
So, here is something to cheer you up! El Gallo, Carlos Martinez will pitch tomorrow! He takes on Hyun-Jin Ryu, an adorable soft tossing lefty. Fire vs. Finesse. These two vastly different styles of pitching will be displayed in one game. I am pretty stoked. Here is your broadcast info:
- Friday 6/27, 10:10 PM ET at Dodger Stadium
- Radio: STL: KMOX 1120 LAD: 570 Fox Sports L.A. , KTNQ 1020
- TV: STL: FS-M LAD: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish