> The Cardinals suffered in an absolute mess of a game in Los Angeles tonight, eventually losing 5-3.
John Gast started the game, but was pulled out after only four outs with a shoulder injury, leaving the Cardinals with a long-term concern for rotational depth and a short-term concern for who was going to pitch the rest of the game.
Joe Kelly was the first to get that job, and while he matched his personal best for strikeouts, he only made it three innings littered with bad pitches and eventually two earned runs to make it 4-3 Dodgers. Starters Carlos Martinez and Seth Maness came in after that, but were only allowed an inning apiece.
Randy Choate again pitched an entire inning, and in the ninth, Mitchell Boggs pitched and ran the score up to 5-3 Dodgers before a fantastic double play from Matt Carpenter bailed him out of further damage.
In the ninth, LA closer Brandon League chopped through the first two batters and got pinch-hitter Ty Wigginton to ground out to end the game. Naturally the Reds won today, so the Cards’ division lead is now only a half game tall.
The implications of the loss are obvious. Gast is gone for an unannounced amount of time which could force the team to dip even further into organizational depth they’ve basically run out of. And the bullpen is basically spent save for Trevor Rosenthal and Edward Mujica, so Shelby Miller needs to put up a lengthy performance tomorrow against the best pitcher in the world.