Cardinals Fans Stoically Watch Their Team Lose Tonight
DODGERS 3, CARDINALS 2
Grunk'd, so the cool kids tell me, is slang (past tense) for "Greinke'd up," which is what happened to the Shards tonight. Zack was stifling after a couple of shaky early innings to bring his record to 9-3, while the Dodgers offense was able to scratch out just enough to eek out the win. This was He of the Tiny Head's 100th career victory, made ever so sweet by the fact that Greinke was responsible for the game-winning run with an RBI single that raised his BA to .405.
Nick Punto, filling in at short for Hanley Ramirez, played some terrific defense. Puig got the start, likely answering some (but not all) questions about his injured left thumb. While Puig didn't have a dominant night at the plate, he did figure in the scoring and it was good to see that he may be well enough not to miss any time due to injury (he also had his ups - assisted put out at home - and downs - an error). Credit to Paco Rodriguez, too, who pitched a two-inning save (and hold) effectively and gave Kenley Jansen some much-needed rest.
It's key for the boys to scratch these kinds of games out. We weren't doing that early this season, but now it is expected. Dodgers roll to 15 games in a row won on the road, which ties us for the 4th longest single-season road win streak in MLB history. And Kershaw takes the mound tomorrow against the Shards' number 5 starter.
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