The Dodgers bounced back from dropping the season series against the Giants by starting off their road series against the Cardinals with an emphatic 5-1 victory.
Things did not go very well for Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas. He began the game by hanging an 0-2 breaking ball to Trea Turner, who rapped it for a double, then gave up a single to Max Muncy that was hit hard enough that even Trea couldn’t score, and then Mookie Betts lined a ball down the line in left that bounced off the wall in foul ground to limit him to a single but plated a run. Fortunately for Mikolas, Justin Turner then grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to clear the bases, but another run scored to make it 2-0 early.
CT3 woke up like this. pic.twitter.com/Bssubht1Qw— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 6, 2021
The 3rd saw a fortunate rally for the Dodgers, with Betts drawing a walk, advancing to second on an ill-advised backpick, and then scoring on a Seager ground-ball single to make it 5-0.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the offense stalled out after that.
No matter, as Max Scherzer was absolutely dominant. After a double started the game against him, he struck out the next three to end the threat, part of a stretch of retiring nine in a row. He gave up a single to start the 4th, then retired seven more in a row.
That run was broken up by back-to-back one-out singles which cornered the runners, and he looked on the verge of getting out of it after a strikeout, but an Austin Barnes passed ball led to a run a 5-1 lead.
Scherzer has been better than advertised: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 13 K, 103 Pitches.
Joe Kelly closed the game out in the 9th without any fuss and the beat marched on.
The Dodgers improve to 87-51 on the year.