Steven Levy Cruz a first generation American born in Los Angeles to Salvadorean parents who immigrated to the United States in the early 70s.
Los Angeles, CA — A spark lifted the Dodgers offense out of their slump Thursday, accounting for seven runs and 10 hits. The Cardinals’ bats were overpowering as they topped Los Angeles crossing the plate 11 times, completing a four-game sweep. It’s the first time since 2010 that St. Louis has taken their brooms out for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers fall to 8-6 on the season. There were some positive signs this afternoon that can correlate into a 3-game weekend with the Brewers at Dodger Stadium.
After only scoring five runs through the first three games, two in the past 26 innings, Walker Buehler was the beneficiary of seven Los Angeles runs. Buehler earned run support the hard way with a solo shot of his own in the second, the first of his career.
David Freese had two hits, two runs batted in and his first home run in his three at-bats. Kike Hernandez continued his hot start with a two-run homer that put the Dodgers up 7-4 in the third inning. Corey Seager reached safely in his three trips to the plate but left early after being hit by a pitch.
The Dodger bullpen hasn’t found consistency yet this season. Strong scoreless innings from Jaime Schultz and Dylan Floro flashed improvement.
The Los Angeles surge was promising, but short-lived.
The final six innings were commanded by the Cardinals. Matt Wieters made the most of his chance to shine. The 32-year-old made his presence known in first start of the season, contributing three runs batted in and the ninth stolen base in his career. The back-up to Yadier Molina entered spring training with a minor league contract.
Buehler’s day went south after going 1-2-3 in the opening inning. With just two deliveries to catcher Rocky Gale, Buehler attributed three earned runs, hitting Bader to score one and then throwing a rare two-run wild pitch. Through four frames, Buehler surrendered 5 earned runs.
In relief, Pedro Baez earned the loss by giving up four hits and four runs in one inning. Bader was hit for a second time this time, only scoring one. Bader and Jose Martinez would score on throwing errors.
Looking ahead, Julio Urias (0-0, 3.12) takes the mound on Friday. Seager was diagnosed with a bruised left hamstring and his availability has yet to be determined.