If you have this game on DVR to watch when you get home from work, you could easily just mute McCarver and company and cue up Yakety Sax for a few hours. Wacha got crushed early on, but Dodgers starter Walker Buehler let us back in it. Fowler, Ozuna, Carpenter and Molina all rested, but our backups came through in critical ways. We actually had a Matt Wieters signing. The bullpen was lights out again and came through for us to complete the sweep. But the highlight was the HBPs and the errors. If teams are going to give us games this way, we'll take it.
The Dodgers started rocking Wacha right away. Pederson muscled an 0-2 high changeup off the right field wall that caromed past Martinez and rolled for a triple. Pederson was out in front of it and one-armed it out there. Turner hit a Sac Fly deep to the track in left-center for Bader and the Dodgers had an immediate 1-0 lead. After Seager lined a hanging curveball to right for a base hit, Wacha struck Pollock out on a high fastball and got Muncy to ground to 2nd to end the inning. David Freese hit a middle-in fastball over the left field wall to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead to start the 2nd. With 2 out, the pitcher Walker Buehler hit a high fastball over the right-center field wall for a solo HR to extend the Dodgers lead to 3-0. This was Buehler’s first career HR and first ever extra base hit.
J. Martinez looped a low slider to left that Pederson dove for and trapped for our first base hit of the day to lead off the 2nd. O’Neill sharply grounded a center-cut fastball through the hole to left for a base hit to move Martinez to 2nd. Gyorko was in the hole 0-2 but worked the count to 3-2 to a walk to load the bases with nobody out. Buehler hit Bader on the left elbow with an 0-1 97 mph fastball to score Martinez and cut the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1. The trainers came out, but Bader stayed in the game. Wieters hit a Sac Fly to left just before the track to score O’Neill and cut the Dodgers’ lead to 3-2. Wacha sacrificed to put Gyorko on 3rd and Bader on 2nd. On the 1st pitch to Wong, Buehler buried a low-and-in slider in the dirt. Wong jumped over the pitch, it hit the catcher’s chest protector and scooted all the way towards the Cards’ dugout down the first base line. Gyorko scored, Bader was running hard all the way from 2nd to score as well and the Cards’ took the lead 4-3!! Buehler has come unglued and walked Wong. Goldschmidt grounded to short to end the inning.
The Dodgers weren’t done mashing, as Turner lined an outside 0-2 fastball to left-center for a base hit, and Seager smoked a fastball for a double to right-center off the wall to move Turner to 3rd. Pollock hit a Sac Fly to Bader in deep right-center to score Turner, tie the game 4-4 and move Seager to 3rd. Muncy grounded to 2nd but the runner at 3rd stayed put. With 2 out, Freese could have easily been rung up on a 1-2 outside fastball, but on appeal, the first base umpire ruled that he was able to hold up. Wacha hung a high changeup on the next pitch, and Freese lined it into left for a base hit to score Seager and give the Dodgers a 5-4 lead. Hernandez then skied a 1-2 center cut fastball into the seats over the bullpen in left-center for a 2-run HR to extend the Dodgers’ lead to 7-4.
DeJong led off the bottom of the 3rd by lining a curveball to the track in right-center. Both Pollock and Hernandez were chasing it, but neither seemed to call for it, nor did they want to run into each other, so it just dropped between them on the track and bounced over the wall for a ground rule double. Martinez nibbled a ball to the left of the pitcher’s mound, and with DeJong headed for 3rd, Buehler rushed to try to get it, but it went off his glove, he fell down, and everyone was safe. Martinez was credited with an infield single and DeJong reached 3rd with nobody out. O’Neill struck out swinging on 3 pitches. Gyorko lined a 98 mph fastball to right to score DeJong, move Martinez to 2nd, and cut the Dodgers’ lead to 7-5. This was Gyorko’s first base hit of the year. But Bader popped to 1st and Wieters struck out and the Cards could do no further damage.
After Wacha walked Turner with 2 out and 92 pitches thrown, Shildt brought Giovanny Gallegos out for his first appearance of the year to pitch to Seager, and he plunked him on the back of the leg with a slider on his first pitch. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Pollock grounded to short to end the inning and strand 2 runners. Gallegos allowed a leadoff base hit to Muncy to start the 5th, but struck out the side after that. The Dodgers have made several switches on defense to this point. Bellinger came in to play RF in the bottom of the 4th, and Hernandez moved from RF to SS to replace Seager. Then, in the bottom of the 5th, the Dodgers made a double switch to bring in Baez to pitch, Alex Verdugo to play RF, and moved Bellinger from RF to 1B to replace Freese. DeJong softly lined a Baez slider to right-center to lead off the bottom of the 5th. Martinez lined another slider to right to put runners at 1st and 2nd with nobody out. O’Neill hit an outside fastball off the end of the bat and up the middle to load the bases. Baez threw Gyorko nothing but slow stuff and struck him out on a changeup. Baez hit Bader with the 2-0 pitch with a graze on the underside of the right wrist to score DeJong and cut the Dodgers’ lead to 7-6. The Dodgers challenged the call to argue that Bader wasn’t really hit, but the call was upheld and Bader had 2 RBIs on HBPs. Wieters smoked an 0-2 center-cut fastball for a sharp grounder through the right side to score Martinez and O’Neill and give the Cards an 8-7 lead! With runners now at the corners, Carpenter pinch hit for Gallegos to try to get the Cards some insurance, but he struck out on a changeup. With Wong at the plate, Wieters stole second base on a gift. Wong grounded a ball to 2nd for Muncy but he booted it for an error and Bader scored to extend the Cards’ lead to 9-7. With Goldschmidt down 0-2 at the plate and Wieters on 3rd, Wong stole second base with a throw to 2nd base this time. Goldschmidt worked the count to 3-2, but popped to short to strand another pair of runners.
With 2 lefties in a row in the order to start the 6th (Verdugo batting in the #9 spot and leadoff man Pederson), lefty Tyler Webb came in to pitch, retired them both on groundballs and struck out the righty Turner to retire the side in order. Yimi Garcia came in to pitch the bottom of the 6th for the Dodgers, and they made yet another defensive move to put Chris Taylor at shortstop in Max Muncy’s spot and switch Kike Hernandez from shortstop to 2nd base. The Dodgers now only have catcher Austin Barnes on the bench. DeJong walked to lead off the 6th for us, and Martinez skied a high 3-2 curveball off the base of the right field wall for a double—his 4th hit of the day—to score DeJong and extend the Cards’ lead to 10-7. After Garcia retired O’Neill and Gyorko, he threw a wild pitch over the catcher Rocky Gale’s head to the backstop. It looked like the pitcher and catcher were crossed up, as Gale seemed surprised by the fastball. Martinez raced for 3rd, and Gale threw wild past 3rd baseman Turner and the diving Taylor at short into left field for an error. Martinez scored to give the Cards an 11-7 lead.
After Bader saved a double on Bellinger’s drive to center field with a great catch, John Gant came in to pitch to Pollock because he’s only allowed a maximum of 1 day of rest, and he retired the rest of the Dodgers in order. Jaime Schultz, just recalled today to replace JT Chargois on the Dodgers roster, pitched the bottom of the 7th. John Gant hit for himself with 1 out in the bottom of the 7th because he’s a stud and has strong hands, but he struck out. Gant retired the Dodgers in order in the 8th. The Dodgers made a double switch, leaving pinch-hitter Austin Barnes in the game to catch and bringing in Dylan Floro to pitch the 8th. The Cards were retired in order for the 2nd straight inning. Miller pitched the 9th and looked sharp. Although he allowed a 2-out base hit to Turner, he struck out all 3 lefties he faced to end the game.
Odds and Ends: Cafecito tied his career high for hits in a game with 4, and had a chance to break it...Wieters' 2-run single was the first base hit the Cards had this year with the bases loaded...With Gant's 1.2 IP today, and now 10.2 IP total, he passed both Wainwright and Hudson in IP. He ties the team lead in appearances with Miller at 8, and he's 4th in IP...Hat tip to Puget Sound Cards Fan for pointing out that the Cards have not swept the Dodgers in a 4-game series since July 15-18 of 2010...The Reds started 1-8 on the year, but today completed a 3-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 5-0 win today. Starter Sonny Gray only went 4 IP, but had 6 SO, and the bullpen picked him up...Jose Quintana gets the start for the 3-8 Cubs for the final game of a 3-game set with the Pirates. Quintana allowed 8 runs in 3 innings against the Brewers last Friday...The Brewers have the day off after being swept by the Angels. Hopefully the Dodgers get angry because the Brewers travel to LA next for 3 games...Poor Chris Davis of the Orioles is now 0 for his last 50. He broke the record when he went 0-47...The Cards have an off day tomorrow to travel to Mexico...Monterrey, Mexico runs on Central time...The stadium is the home of a Mexican League team and is the largest stadium in Mexico. Monterrey is not as elevated as the typical parks of the Mexican League like Mexico City, but it is still over 1,000 feet above sea level...Ryan Helsley pitches tonight for Memphis, and our best pitching prospect in AA, Evan Kruczynski, gets the mound for the S-Cards....Check the fanpost below for everything you wanted to know and more about the special rules in the CBA and the Major League Rules about the upcoming series in Mexico