Jon Jay #19 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after a collision at the plate with A.J. Ellis #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers to score a run for a 1-0 lead during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on May 24, 2013.
The Dodgers lost 7-0 on Friday in the series opener to the Cardinals.
Chris Capuano gave up two home runs, the bullpen was shaky and the lineup only had three hits in the loss.
After back-to-back quality starts, Chris Capuano, struggled allowing six runs, five earned, in six innings pitched.
Capuano was shaky starting in the second inning after Adrian Gonzalez made an error shoveling a ground ball to him covering first.
It would have been the final out of the inning, but instead David Frees doubled on a fly ball to left field scoring the run. The play at the plate between Jon Jay and Dodger catcher, AJ Ellis, resulted in a violent collision, knocking Ellis to the ground.
The stadium fell quiet as fan-favorite Ellis lay on the ground, but fortunately for the Dodgers he just had the wind knocked out of him.
From then on, Capuano allowed runs in four of five innings, with two home runs, and three walks. His rough night ended on a David Frees two-run homer in the sixth inning.
After starting 2013 in the bullpen, Capuano was given a second chance as a starter after injuries plagued the rotation. He has shown mixed results with a 1-3 record. In his last two starts before Friday he had quality outings, allowing only two runs in 13.2 innings.
On Friday, he was beaten by 26 year-old, Lance Lynn, who had a great outing and earned his seventh win of the season. Lynn only gave up two hits in his six innings pitched while striking out nine and walking one.
In the seventh, Matt Guerrier walked the first two batters he faced and then hit Alllen Craig with a pitch to load the bases with no outs. A sacrifice fly scored Carlos Beltran and the Dodgers brought in JP Howell to strike out two batters to get out of the inning.
Howell and Paco Rodriguez both were scoreless in relief.
Between Capuano’s rough outing and the lineup only managing three hits, the Dodgers did not have a chance to win on Friday.
On Saturday the Dodgers will be sending Ted Lilly to the mound for his third start of the season and will face John Gast in his third career start.