Is it in their heads? Maybe their bats? It might as well be in the stars, because right now the
They clung to a one-run lead going into the eighth inning Friday,
Not exactly a mighty display of power by the Cardinals, but good enough for them to scratch out a 2-1 victory before a
It doesn't seem to matter how they do it, the Cardinals just find a way to beat the Dodgers, who are now 1-4 against St. Louis this season. It's an outcome they should be used to after the Cardinals bounced them out of the playoffs in each of the last two postseasons.
The Dodgers could do nothing with right-hander Carlos Martinez after they scratched together their lone run in the second. He pitched himself into his own trouble in that inning, giving up a leadoff walk to
Anderson struck out, but Joc Pederson walked to force in the Dodgers' only run.
After that, the Dodgers were as quiet as the four skunks huddled under the photo well next to the St. Louis dugout. Martinez went seven innings, giving up only three hits, walking four and striking out a career-high 11. He held the Dodgers scoreless in the seven innings of his last start.
The run forced in by the walk in the second inning was the only one Martinez has surrendered in his last four starts (28 1/3 innings).
Still, Anderson was pitching so well, for most of the night it appeared one run might be enough. The left-hander held the Cards scoreless on two hits entering the eighth. Then it seemed that everything that could go wrong for him did go wrong.
He wasn’t a complete victim, having walked