It was a rematch of last Sunday’s pitching matchup between Carlos Martinez and Brett Anderson, as the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals faced off at Dodger stadium on Friday night. Martinez was awarded with the win in the previous matchup, after allowing just one-hit in his seven shutout innings of work at Busch stadium.
On Friday, both pitchers pitched well enough to come away with a victory, but Martinez’s career-high 11 strikeouts and late run support gave St. Louis the 2-1 win.
It didn’t look like Martinez was headed for a career-night early on, as he struggled to find his command. In the second inning, Los Angeles took an early 1-0 lead, when the young right-hander walked Joc Pederson with the bases loaded. Alberto Callaspo led-off the inning with a walk, Scott Schebler followed with his first-career MLB hit and then Enrique Hernandez singled to set up the bases loaded, no outs situation. The Cardinals escaped what could’ve been a loud inning by the Dodgers, thanks to Jimmy Rollins, who grounded into a double-play to end the inning.
The Dodgers’ Anderson was tossing a gem while holding a one-run lead, making just 77 pitches thru seven innings with five strikeouts, but that was all before the eighth inning approached. He walked Yadier Molina to start the eighth, and then gave up a single to Jason Heyward, setting up Tony Cruz’s sacrifice bunt that moved the runners into scoring position with one out. The Cardinals execution didn’t come as a surprise, as they took a 2-1 lead following Kolton Wong’s RBI-single and Matt Carpenter’s sac-fly off Anderson.
Anderson’s night ended after 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with five strikeouts and three walks. Martinez exited after seven innings, allowing one run on three hits, with 11 strikeouts, four walks and in line for a consecutive win over Los Angeles.
The St. Louis bullpen made up of Randy Choate, Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal continued to silence the Dodgers bats’ over the final two innings. Los Angeles finished 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position on the night and left six runners stranded.
Clayton Kershaw will take the mound against the Cardinals on Saturday, his first appearance against St. Louis since last year’s forgetful NLDS appearance.
WP: Carlos Martinez (6-2, 2.94)
LP: Brett Anderson (2-4, 3.29)
SV: Trevor Rosenthal (18)
News & Notes;
- Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig is expected to be activated from the DL on Saturday.