LOS ANGELES—Adam Wainwright (6-3, 3.79 ERA) did it all for the Cardinals on Thursday, June 1. He pitched, he hit and he earned the Cardinals their second straight victory and a four game split with the Dodgers.
“I think we’ll probably hear more about the two-run homer than the scoreless innings, but [Wainwright] just continues to go on that great roll, making quality pitches with everything,” said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. “He’s taking good at-bats all the way through.”
Wainwrights second inning two-run homer, coupled with his six scoreless innings all, but single handedly ensured the win for the Cardinals. With this game Wainwright has extended his scoreless inning streak to 16 1/3 innings and has an outstanding 0.34 ERA over the last four games.
Outside of the home run he gave up to Wainwright, Brandon McCarthy (5-2, 3.38 ERA) delivered a serviceable performance. He gave up seven hits, he also struck out six and only walked one batter in four innings, but all it took was one bad pitch to earn him the loss.
“I guess [it was a bad pitch]. You never — I mean, I know he can hit a little bit, but it’s a curveball — you’re not really expecting someone to jump it like that,” McCarthy said of the pitch Wainwright turned into a two run home run. “I guess that’s credit to him. I’d have to go back and look at the replay, but he did what he had to do and won the game for them.”
Despite giving up the home run manager, Dave Roberts wanted to keep McCarthy in the game, but due to a blister on his index finger, Roberts made the decision to pull him.
“Where he was at, I wanted him to keep going,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts of McCarthy. “But there’s a blister situation, so I had to manage it.”
The Dodger bullpen has been playing strong all year, and Thursday afternoon was no different. Collectively they held the Cardinals scoreless while only allowing two hits. Unfortunately, for the Dodgers, the Cardinals bullpen was just as stingy. Matt Bowman, Trevor Rosenthal and Seung Hwan Oh each pitched one inning and only gave up one hit collectively, securing the 2-0 lead for the Cardinals.
As the Dodgers tried to rally in the ninth inning tempers flared, resulting in two ejections. Adrian Gonzalez took a called third strike and proceeded to argue vehemently with umpire Manny Foster, who then proceeded to eject Gonzalez. Yasmani Grandal, who was called to pinch hit following Gonzalez, got into an argument with the umpire as well over a called strike. Foster threw him out as well, and after another out, the Dodgers’ fate was sealed.
After winning five straight games the Dodgers have now lost the last two in low scoring affairs. After briefly taking the NL West lead by a half game, the Dodgers now trail the Rockies by just as much. Los Angeles will have a good chance to get back on track when Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.37 ERA) takes the mound as they travel to Milwaukee to take on Jimmy Nelson (3-3, 3.83 ERA) and the Brewers.