Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1: Offense shut down again

Blah game was blah. The Dodgers couldn’t get anything going against the Cardinals’ young fireballer on Sunday afternoon in a 3-1 loss. That’ll happen when you, inexplicably, bat Alberto Callaspo in the No. 2 spot.

Joc Pederson accounted for the lone run, as he launched his 13th home run in the eighth inning off Kevin Siegrist — a lefty! Atta boy. The rest of the offense was held in check largely by Carlos Martinez, who gave up just one hit in seven innings. Andre Ethier had the only other Dodger hit (also drew a walk in the ninth inning against Trevor Rosenthal).

Of course, it doesn’t help when the game ends like this after an Ethier and Yasmani Grandal walk:

JT strike 3

Yeah, that’s bad (and don’t tell me to charge my phone).

Brett Anderson allowed a 2-run home run in the first inning to Jhonny Peralta, but still ended up having a solid outing. His line: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 102 pitches, 61 strikes, 7/1 GO/AO. Chris Hatcher gave up a run and walked two in 1 1/3 innings, while Yimi Garcia allowed two hits in 2/3 of an inning. Pretty uneventful day on the whole.

The Dodgers fall to 29-20 on the season with the loss. Clayton Kershaw (3-3, 3.86 ERA) takes the mound on Monday against the Rockies (21-26) and Kyle Kendrick (2-6, 6.38 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 5:40 p.m. Pacific time.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. 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.