The Los Angeles Dodgers finished off the St. Louis Cardinals and the road trip with a 5-1 victory on Thursday behind another stellar pitching performance by Hyun-jin Ryu and a big hit from A.J. Ellis. The Dodgers come home from the road winners in seven of the eight games on the trip and primed for their weekend matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ryu was strong in his seven innings only allowing an unearned run while striking out seven without walking a batter. This also was the sixth time this season that Ryu has struck out at least seven. Now with 11 wins, Ryu is every bit the pitcher the Dodgers thought they were getting when they made the bid to sign him out of Korea this offseason.
The Cardinals had Carlos Martinez on the mound Thursday in an emergency start after the injury to Shelby Miller on Wednesday. Some scouts have compared him to Pedro Martinez but the young right-hander has time to grow into those expectations. Martinez walked three in the ballgame to go with the seven hits and four earned runs to pick up his first career loss.
The Dodgers got the first run on an Adrian Gonzalez sac fly in the third. The Cardinals would get their only run on an error by Andre Ethier when he tossed the ball in to second base on a David Freese single. The ball happened to hit the bag and kick off towards shortstop allowing Matt Holliday to score.
With the score tied at one in the fifth Ellis came to the plate with two aboard and effectively ended Martinez’s night with a three-run bomb into the Dodgers bullpen in deep left.
Jerry Hairston would give the Dodgers another run with an RBI single in the eighth. In the first 62 games (30 starts) this season Hairston had 13 RBI. In August he has six RBI in six games (two starts).
Dodgers’ starters have been dominating games of late and are 8-2 with a 1.70 ERA and 80 strikeouts compared to 10 walks. Chris Capuano (4-6, 4.16) will try and stay hot on Friday against the Rays at Dodgers Stadium. Capuano hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts. David Price (6-5, 3.36) will be on the bump for the Rays.
WP: Hyun-jin Ryu (11-3)
LP: Carlos Martinez (0-1)