Despite a run in the eighth and a run in the ninth, the Cardinals lost to the Dodgers 3-2 in a game that could likely exemplify next year's campaign--little offense, the need for solid starting pitching, and the Dodgers barely holding on to win it.
On the mound, Mark Hendrickson pitched five innings of no-run ball with 3 H and 2Ks. His spring ERA is 4.63. Jonathan Meloan got the save despite giving up the only earned run for the Dodgers.
Juan Pierre went 3 for 3 in the two-slot batting behind Tony Abreu; Pierre got a RBI and is now batting .444 this spring. James Loney went 2 for 3 and Matt Kemp went 2 for 4. Andre Ethier went 0 for 3 and left 5 on base, but he still is batting .400 this spring. Andy La Roche, on the other hand, went 0 for 4, left 8 on base, and is now batting .212. The gaping hole at third gets worse every day.
The Dodgers are split-squad today and play another game this afternoon.