It was a short-lived offensive rebound in St. Louis as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell 6-1 Thursday afternoon, dropping three of four in the series.
Dakota Hudson cruised through 6 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on a solo homer for Gavin Lux, striking out three while scattering three hits and a walk.
“I tried to mix it up, keep them off balance,” Hudson said, an easy feat for anyone other than Carlos Martinez or Tyler Webb in this series. Someone named ‘C Torres’, who I assume is Carlos Torres and absolutely do not recognize from the Cardinals real roster, Kodi Whitley (?) and John Gant combined for 2 2/3 hitless innings in relief.
Things didn’t go as smoothly for David Price, yet he still allowed just two runs in six innings. Yadier Molina tied the game at 1-1 with a RBI single in the second off of Price, with another run crossing in the fourth to give Price the loss.
While it didn’t matter much considering the offense, the bullpen didn’t help Los Angeles (7-6) much either. After Blake Treinen pitched a clean seventh inning, Dave “Robots” Roberts turned to Caleb Ferguson in the eighth inning of seriously yet another game I am writing the recap for.
Ferguson proceeded to walk three, throwing just four of his 16 pitches for strikes, without recording an out before Robots mercifully removed him from the game. Thankfully, Joe Kelly arrived in the middle of a miserable situation to walk two more and give up a two-run single to Molina. Finally Brusdar Graterol entered the game to record three outs on just two pitches.
Lux had two of the Dodgers three hits in the game, while a Justin Turner single capped off the extent of the offense. Removing the 11-run victory on Wednesday, the Dodgers combined for two runs and 10 hits in the other three games of the series.
The Dodgers now return to Los Angeles to face the team that last played a real game against, the Washington Nationals, for a three-game series in Los Angeles.