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Dodgers 1, Cardinals 0: Most exciting 1-0 game ever, probably

When two of the best pitchers in the National League face-off, that’s about the kind of game you’d expect. The Dodgers were able to squeak out a 1-0 win on Thursday night against the Cardinals. In a game that didn’t have a ton of offense, it was still rather exciting.

Josh Beckett and Adam Wainwright were worth the price of admission, as each pitcher threw seven shutout innings. That is, until the Dodgers finally got to Wainwright in the eighth inning.

Juan Uribe — fresh off his 34-game absence due to a hamstring strain — singled on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the eighth. Drew Butera then sacrificed him to second base. Miguel Rojas came up with an infield single. With the pitcher’s spot due up, Justin Turner, also known as Justin F. Turner, came through with an RBI single for the game’s only run.

But the game may have been saved by Matt Kemp in the seventh inning with this fantastic throw to nail Allen Craig at the plate. That preserved the scoreless tie, and changed the complexion of the game at the moment.

While Kemp may not be entirely happy in left field, I’m sure as hell happy he’s there. His arm plays up a lot out there, as evidenced by this throw.

Kenley Jansen shut the door shut in the ninth inning against the Cardinals’ 2-3-4 hitters. The Dodgers got a little lucky as after a 1-out Matt Adams single, Peter Bourjos pinch-ran for him. He had second base stolen, but came off the bag and Rojas (apparently) kept the tag on him. Hey, I’m not going to argue. Jansen would get Jhonny Peralta to fly out to end the game.

Beckett was once again brilliant: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 B, 4 K, 9/3 GO/AO, 107 pitches, 69 strikes. He lowered his ERA to a team-leading 2.11. He should be Minnesota-bound in a couple weeks.

Brian Wilson had an encouraging inning. Sure, it came against Mark Ellis, Wainwright and Matt Carpenter, but he got two strikeouts and looked about as good as he’s looked all season.

The Dodgers (45-36) took the first game of a 4-game set from the Cardinals (43-37). Hyun-jin Ryu (8-3, 3.08 ERA) takes on Carlos Martinez (1-3, 4.33) at 7:10 p.m. Pacific. Maybe Hanley Ramirez will play, but probably not — maybe. The Dodgers — at press time — are 2 1/2 games back of ‘Frisco. The Giants are down 3-1 after eight innings.


About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


262 comments
PasadenaDodger
PasadenaDodger

    I take a night off from baseball to finish an article (still not finished) and come back to a sensational headline and a new-look Dodger Digest. 

       What the hell?

KMT59
KMT59

Now we look like SB nation

BIah
BIah

Am I seeing things or did Disgruntled Goat just post a selfie to Instagram

Baby Blue
Baby Blue

I was there and it was a great game. About as excellent played baseball game that I've seen. Super funtimes

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

Host reading email/text/tweet (paraphrase): Why does Blanco ever hit the ball in the air?

TheConman
TheConman

"giants need to man up and get up to 5 or 6 game lead by the allstar break" - KNBR caller

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Blah just know that consuming beer is a fun social event and a cultural experience. Don't feel forced to consume beer in settings that you do not want to consume beer in but enjoy your tasting experiences and broaden your horizons. Over time, you will probably appreciate it.


Lobo probably will, too

BIah
BIah

what happened was I have a friend on Youtube who knows me for my piano abilities, who does the music for TomSka's videos (asdf movies guy, he has almost 3 million subscribers).  Through the mutual friend I got invited to a party in TomSka's hotel room and everybody was drinking it up and having a great time.  Another guy asked me if I wanted a beer as they had a whole case of them and I said I'd never had alcohol before and then everybody wanted to see what I would think of it.  So TomSka himself handed me a can of Coors and said "enjoy it, kid" and so I tasted it and to be honest, it didn't taste very good to me (although the aftertaste was like bread, which was kind of nice actually).  So since they had given me a can and I had already touched my lips to it I didn't want to waste it so I tried to down the rest of it.  This other guy sees I'm not really liking it and says if I don't like it to stop, and he'll finish it.  "unless", he said, "I have cooties."  no I don't.  "Do you have STDs?  AIDs?"  "No!  Never had sexual relations with anyone!" (pause) "Well" he says, "I guess no one would say that if it weren't true" and he takes a swig of my former beer and that was that

Bull Doggy Dogg
Bull Doggy Dogg

@BIah Hold on, you got peer pressured into drinking booze? This is a weird story dude. Not sure I'm happy for you at all.

SkepticNinja
SkepticNinja

@BIah What a dick, should give you a good beer first not the American piss

Puce Deuce
Puce Deuce

@BIah Beer is an acquired taste.  Few have liked their first one.

Lobo
Lobo

@Mike Petriello Where's the prospects page and such?  I don't see any links to them

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

Umm... I got nothin'

It's gonna be awesome, though.

BIah
BIah

@Bull Doggy Dogg @BIah They weren't trying to get me drunk, they were just curious as to what I would think of it.  I was assured by everyone that one beer wouldn't make me bonkers and that was all I was ever going to drink

BIah
BIah

@VivaUrbie! @BIah the people who bought the beer were Canadian and British,  I dunno if they knew any better

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@BIah you need to drink Guinness or Blue Moon. Good gateway beers.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@BIah (which is not out of the realm of possibility)

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@BIah People only drink Coors to get drink heavy amounts in short periods of time and purposefully get drunk.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@BIah Yeah, that other one could possibly have been him because it's no longer available (I didn't see it). I'm 99% the bald guy is not him.