Game Report: Dodgers 9, Cardinals 4

By Rob Rains

When the Cardinals faced Kenta Maeda and the Dodgers last Thursday in Los Angeles, they scored three runs in the first inning but then saw the Dodgers rally and score seven unanswered runs for the victory.

History virtually repeated itself Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals scored three in the first, again, before the Dodgers scored four runs in the third off starter Michael Wacha, also the losing pitcher in last week’s game, and added three more off the bullpen in the fifth en route to dropping the Cardinals to their 10th loss in their last 13 games.

The only difference between what happened last week and on Tuesday night was an eighth-inning homer by Yadier Molina and two more runs by the Dodgers in the ninth off Jonathan Broxton.

Six Cardinals pitchers combined to throw 206 pitches in the 3 hour, 55 minute game, the longest nine-inning game for the Cardinals since they lost 15-7 to the White Sox in four hours even on July 15, 2000.

“It was just an awful pace,” said manager Mike Matheny. “Pitching generally controls the pace and we had a tough time getting quick outs. It dragged.”

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: After scoring the three runs in the first, two on a single by Molina, the Cardinals had just three more hits until Molina’s homer, his fifth of the year, leading off the eighth … An error by Maeda, his second of the game, helped the Cardinals put runners on first and third with nobody out in the second but they failed to add to their lead when Maeda retired the next three hitters … Molina and Dexter Fowler each had two hits.

On the mound: Wacha’s three-inning outing was the shortest start of the season for the Cardinals. He allowed a leadoff triple to Chase Utley in the second before retiring the next three hitters, but he was not as successful in the third. The Dodgers scored four times, highlighted by a double by Utley … Two consecutive walks with the bases loaded, one from Tyler Lyons and one from John Brebbia, scored two of the Dodgers’ runs in the fifth, when they got their three runs on only one hit, three walks, a hit batter and a fielder’s choice groundout … The final two runs off Broxton came on four hits and a sacrifice fly before he got a bases-loaded strike out to end the inning.

Key stat: The loss dropped the Cardinals to 24-25, the first time they have been under .500 after games on May 30 since they were 21-29 on that day in 2007.

Worth noting: Jedd Gyorko was scratched from the lineup after he left Busch Stadium about three hours before the game to be with his wife, who was expecting a baby. The team did not immediately place him on paternity leave, giving them only two position players, Greg Garcia and Eric Fryer, on their bench … Outfielder Stephen Piscotty, away from the team for a family issue, was flying back to St. Louis on Tuesday night, Matheny said, which means he should be available for Wednesday night’s game … The MRI and other tests on Kolten Wong’s left elbow did not reveal any structural damage, and he expects he will be able to return when he is eligible to come off the DL next week.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals will send Carlos Martinez to the mound for Wednesday night’s game while Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled to start for the Dodgers.

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Mike Matheny Post-Game Remarks