August 7, 2008

No sweep for Cards as Manny goes deep again

The Cards may have enjoyed a couple big hitting games during the three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it was Manny Ramirez who kept plugging away, hitting home runs with consistency, today's two-run shot enough to down the Cards all by itself.

Taking the rubber match, 4-1, on getaway day, the Dodgers got some quality innings out of their 20-year-old starter, Clayton Kershaw. Allowing only one run on three hits in seven full innings, Kershaw threw a boatload of pitches early, then settled down. His innings finished with four walks and seven strikeouts.

Lohse pitched well, but gave up all four runs early. Down one run in the third, Ramirez took Lohse for 412 feet worth of fly ball that, unfortunately, was much farther then the left field wall. The two-run blast put the Dodgers out in front by three.

Jaun Pierre would triple home a run in the next inning, the Dodgers going up 4-0.

The Cardinals wouldn't get on the scoreboard until the fifth inning, Cesar Izturis singling home Aaron Miles for the Redbirds' only run.

Lohse admitted after the game that he made two pitches he'd want back, one to Pierre and one to Ramirez.

Lohse also stated that it would've been nice to travel to Chicago on a sweep.

Manager Tony La Russa stated that sweeping series is hard to do, and that the Cardinals ran into a good pitcher [Kershaw] today.

All focus now swings over to the upcoming three-game series with the Chicago Cubs, at Wrigley Field. Division momentum will ride on the next three games.
photo by SD Dirk