Dexter Fowler, Carlos Martinez help Cardinals snap Dodgers’ win streak, 2-1

first_imgMartinez allowed only four hits, struck out nine and was still hitting 100 mph on the radar gun in the eighth inning.“He’s their best pitcher and he was executing his pitches tonight,” Gonzalez said. “He isn’t a pitcher who’s going to blow you away. He’s going to try and pitch and he has the ability to pitch in the low to mid-90s. But when he needs to, he can ramp it up and you saw that tonight.”Ryu also ramps up his fastball – in a much different neighborhood.Restored to the rotation after being briefly moved into a long relief role, though, Ryu matched Martinez for six innings, holding the Cardinals to three hits and a walk.But it was Ryu who stumbled first. He allowed a run in the second inning on a two-out RBI double by Paul DeJong. After that, though, he retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced, allowing an assortment of soft contact through six innings.“Tonight, he came out really focused,” Roberts said of Ryu. “He came out aggressive, filling the strike zone. You like to think every time they take the mound guys are focused. But he did have a really good look in his eye. The change(up) was really good. He was throwing a little cutter in on righties. And the fastball played up. It was as much velocity as we’ve seen this year from Hyun-Jin. He matched that pitcher pitch for pitch.”Ryu made it through six innings on an efficient 77 pitches. He was set to pitch into the seventh inning of a start for the first time since 2014 – before shoulder and elbow surgeries sidelined him for most of two seasons. But when Kiké’ Hernandez doubled with two outs in the top of the seventh, Roberts called Ryu back and sent up Austin Barnes as a pinch-hitter. Barnes struck out.“In that seventh inning, we had to take a chance on scoring a run,” Roberts said. “So we fired that bullet.”Stripling came in and handled things until falling behind in the count, 2-and-1, to Fowler.“I wanted it up but I wanted it in on his hands,” Stripling said of the errant pitch. “It was in between being on his hands and being a back-footer and just kind of fizzled out over the plate.“Out of my hand, I kind of knew where it was going to be. I was hoping he’d take it. … I executed all of my pitches except that one.”With Alex Wood ineligible to return from the DL until Tuesday, Ryu figures to get one more start before the Dodgers will have to reevaluate his role again.“Obviously his outing tonight was very encouraging,” Roberts said. “We’ve always considered him a starter and we’d like to continue to give him opportunities. But I think right now it’s still contingent upon Alex and his health.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error They did pitch well – both Martinez and Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu.Martinez did give a hint of his dark side. The same pitcher who shut out the Giants two starts ago and struck out 10 Cubs on opening day without issuing a walk is also the pitcher who struck out 11 and walked eight – throwing 118 pitches in only 5-1/3 innings — in a start against the Yankees.He threw five consecutive balls to start the game Wednesday and allowed the first two Dodgers to reach base – a walk to Logan Forsythe and a single by Corey Seager.“It definitely gave you a good feeling,” Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said.It was just a tease. Martinez retired 15 of the next 17. The Dodgers didn’t get another runner to second base until pushing across their run in the sixth inning when Seager walked (the last of three by Martinez), went to third on a single by Yasmani Grandal and scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez.center_img ST. LOUIS >> Sometimes Carlos Martinez’s evil twin shows up and makes life easier for opposing hitters. The Dodgers probably should have left a ticket for him.The offense that had averaged 6½ runs per game during their six-game winning streak went silent against Martinez on Wednesday night and that streak came to an end as the Dodgers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1.Dexter Fowler struck the decisive blow when he sent a cutter from Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling into the seats with two outs in the eighth inning.“You want to win them all,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, a damper put on his 45th birthday. “They pitched well and they beat us tonight.”last_img

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