Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully had it right on Friday night, “…the Dodgers must feel like the arch fell on top of them.” The arch indeed fell on the Dodgers in disastrous fashion. The St. Louis Cardinals rode an avalanche of runs to unceremoniously kick the Dodgers out of the postseason by a score of 9-0.
If the four-run third inning wasn’t enough (which it was), the five-run fifth certainly put the game out of reach. The Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha had only given up one run in 14 innings pitched in the postseason coming into Friday so the Dodgers knew they would have to score some runs.
Scoring some runs didn’t mean ten.
Clayton Kershaw had about as worse a start possible under the circumstances and believe it nobody feels worse about it. The best pitcher on the planet was out pitched twice in this series by a rookie. When all was said and done Kershaw would be charged with seven runs and ten hits in four plus innings of work.
The at-bat that set the tone for the Cardinals came with one out in the bottom of the third when Matt Carpenter doubled in the right field corner after an 11 pitch at-bat. Carlos Beltran would follow with a base hit into right to score Carpenter.
After that it just seemed like Kershaw couldn’t get anybody out. Yadier Molina singled in Beltran to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead which even then seemed insurmountable given the lack of offense in the series.
Later in the inning Shane Robinson, who put the dagger in the Dodgers in game four with a homer, singled in two more before Kershaw could get out of the inning. When Kershaw was lifted in the fifth inning, the Cardinals had tacked on another run and were threatening for more.
Scoring nine runs in a Kershaw start is a feat in itself but in the playoffs it’s even more so. The defense didn’t help their ace in the least, Puig especially, but it probably wouldn’t have mattered much anyway.
The Dodgers will have a long offseason thinking about this season and getting ready for next. The high of the season was very high and the low seemed really low. It seems like just lip service at the moment but the Dodgers have a lot of optimism surrounding the team heading into next year’s core.
With the season the Dodgers just had, a 9-0 deflating defeat doesn’t seem to do it justice.
WP: Michael Wacha (2-0)
LP: Clayton Kershaw (0-2)