St. Louis Cardinals one-hit by Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw holds Cards’ bats silent
It is exciting to watch a pitchers duel when two teams have good hurlers on the mound, but the sad reality is one of the teams has to lose.
Saturday night, that team was the St. Louis Cardinals.
Clayton Kershaw struck out 11 batters and allowed just one hit as the Los Angeles Dodgers shut out the Cardinals, 2-0, at Dodger Stadium. It wasn’t the ending Cardinals fans hoped for, especially because Kershaw had issues with the Cardinals during last year’s National League Division Series.
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St. Louis (37-19 overall) saw its lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates shrink to 6 1/2 games and its margin over the Chicago Cubs fall to seven games.
Jaime Garcia did well throughout seven innings, allowing six hits and struck out six. As is usually the case in a good pitchers duel, however, one inning spoiled the party. In this case it was the seventh inning, where the Dodgers hit the Cards for a pair of runs.
Yasiel Puig, in his first game back after battles with a bad hamstring, doubled home Chris Heisey to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Puig later came home on an RBI single by Justin Turner for the second run of the night.
Randal Grichuk had the lone hit for the Cardinals’ offense.
A potential worry spot for St. Louis came when Matt Carpenter was hit in the right elbow by a pitch. He stayed in the game but later was replaced in the lineup by Kolten Wong. Pete Kozma then did a switch from second to third base.
Keep an eye on what happens with Carpenter. The chances are very good he won’t be out for more than a game, if even that, but an extended absence could hurt.
The Dodgers conclude their four-game series with St. Louis with the Sunday night game at 8:08 p.m. It will be nationally televised by ESPN. Lance Lynn (4-4, 3.03) will face Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.97) in what should be another solid duel.
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