Los Angeles (62-38) at St. Louis (55-48)July 29, 2009
8:15 PM ET, 7:15 PM CT, 6:15 PM MT, 5:15 PM PT
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
TV: PRIM, FSMW
RADIO: KTRS 550C. Kershaw (8-5, 2.96) J. Piñeiro (9-9, 2.95) http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/preview?gid=290729124
Every team in the majors has lost at least three straight games this season. The Los Angeles Dodgers can be proud that they were the final club to experience a three-game skid.The Series:
With their offense struggling in the first two games of this four-game series, the Dodgers hope to break out Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals in a matchup of division leaders.
Los Angeles (62-38) fell at home to Florida on Sunday before opening a seven-game road trip with a 6-1 loss in Monday’s series opener. The Dodgers were again shut down by the Cardinals (55-48) on Tuesday, losing 10-0 as Adam Wainwright(notes) moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 12th victory.
The three-game skid is the longest for the Dodgers since an eight-game slide Aug. 22-29. They went a franchise-record 99 games without losing three in a row before falling in their 100th contest, shattering the previous mark of 73 games set in 1965.
July 27, 2009-Final St. Louis 6 Los Angeles 1
July 28, 2009-Final St. Louis 10 Los Angeles 0
July 29, 2009-LA (Kershaw) @ STL (Piñeiro) 7:15 PM CDT
July 30, 2009-LA (Kuroda) @ STL (Lohse) 7:15 PM CDT
Last Night:St. Louis 10 Los Angeles 0
WP: A. Wainwright (12-6)
LP: C. Billingsley (10-6)
HR: STL - M. DeRosa (6) http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=290728124Cards light up Billingsley in 6th as Wainwright silences Dodgers
ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright and Chad Billingsley matched zeroes for five innings. Wainwright kept going long after the St. Louis Cardinals roughed up the 10-game winner.
Wainwright scattered eight hits in eight innings and the Cardinals scored six runs in the sixth inning of a 10-0 victory Tuesday night that saddled the Dodgers with their first three-game losing streak of the season.
"My main focus was just to keep going and outlast him," Wainwright said. "Our offense, we're kind of like the Rams when they won the Super Bowl, that quick strike offense.
"Even though he was pitching a great game, I knew our offense would get to him," he said.
The Dodgers have the majors' best record at 62-38 and were the last team to lose three in a row, going a franchise-record 99 games before falling in their 100th game. That shattered the previous mark of 73 games in June 1965.
"We've won a lot of close games, but to go this long only losing two in a row is pretty unusual," manager Joe Torre said. "But we have to get ourselves righted right now."