The Dodgers dropped the rubber match of the series by mustering only two hits, one of which was an eighth-inning Joc Pederson HR to close the gap to 2-1. Brett Anderson only allowed a Jhonny Peralta two-run HR in the first inning, and then proceeded to keep the Cardinals quiet through six full frames. Peralta got a bloop single in the bottom of the eighth to add a third run for the Cards. The Dodgers had a two-out threat in the ninth when Andre Ethier and Yasmani Grandal took two-out walks, but Justin Turner Kd to end the game.
The Dodgers' bats were absolutely pathetic this roadtrip, and the finger pointing has to start with Jimmy Rollins, whose drop to the eight hole didn't do anything to lift his Mendoza-like average (Rollins went 0-for-3 with a K). Alberto Callaspo started at 3B in Rollins' (now vacated) second spot in the lineup, but also went 0-for-3, with 2Ks. Adrain Gonzalez went 0-for-4. The only other hit of the game was a single by Ethier in the second inning.
But the real story of the day was Santiago Casilla's third blown save of the year for the Giants, who lost 7-5 to the Braves. Casilla came in for the ninth and ceded a solo HR to Freddie Freeman, before loading the bases and then Jace Pederson tripled home three runs to put the Braves up 7-5 (the Giants entered the ninth with a 5-3 lead). Awesome stuff up there in Birdshit Park! (Oh, and Juan Uribe had a two-run HR for the Braves in the seventh inning, which helped chase Ashley Madison from the game.)
Dodgers stay in first place. Giants remain in second place, though they have the belt.
photo: Chris Lee, St. Louis Post-Dispatch