Price Did Not Have It

Tuesday, 6/1/2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

On a cool Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the Saint Louis Cardinals 3-to-2.

Like all Major-League pitchers, David Price did not have his best stuff Tuesday. He struggled for 1.2 innings when he allowed two runs. All Dodger pitchers but Blake Treinen perform well. Although the bullpen games commonly have been successful, they put undue stress on the bullpen for the next four days.

The Dodger offense was silent until the seventh when Matt Beaty blasted a two-run homer. In the ninth inning, despite Cody Bellinger got his first hit since coming off the IL, the Dodgers denied tying the game when the Cardinal left fielder Tyler O’Nell made a game-saving leaping catch of Mookie Betts’ line drive.

Tuesday, the first reliever to win Cy Young Award and the former Dodger Mike Marshall, 78, died. In 1974, Marshall earned the nickname of “Iron Mike” when he appeared in 106 games. He was a pioneer in attempting to find the proper pitching mechanics. He earned a Doctorate in Physiology and established a clinic to instruct pitchers to lessen the stress on pitchers’ arms.

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