The Cardinals and the Dodgers received strong starting pitching on Sunday but the story of the game ended up being a walk-off homerun.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals met in the final game of their four game series on Sunday. The Cardinals were eyeing a rare four-game sweep on the road while the Dodgers were looking for a win in front of a very modest home crowd.
Security was tight at the game as there were uniformed police officers all over the grounds and flashing lights on top of police cruisers right at the front gates served as a warning to anyone who planned to be rowdy (see photo).
Major League Baseball indicated a couple days ago that they were reviewing the Dodgers' security procedures following the beating suffered by a visiting fan, Bryan Stow, earlier this season.
While the LAPD made everyone "THINK BLUE" perhaps today the chances of trouble brewing were inherently low as sports fans in the city were undoubtedly more pre-occupied with the Los Angeles Lakers and their 2011 playoff debut than they were with a Dodgers' game, still in April.
Chris Carpenter and Chad Billingsley both pitched gems as neither surrendered a run before being yanked. For both players it was nice to see an effective outing as neither of the two has been sharp so far in 2011.
But where pitching might have been the story of the game early on Sunday, Matt Kemp made it about offense later.
After the Cardinals tagged Jonathan Broxton for a run in the top half of the ninth to break a zero-zero tie, Andre Ethier doubled to open the Dodgers' bottom half of the inning.
Kemp then stepped in against Ryan Franklin and belted a walk-off homer to center-field to prevent the series sweep.
Franklin picked up the loss in the game while Broxton picked up an undeserved win as he gave up the lead in the ninth before getting bailed out by Kemp and Ethier's offense.
Next up for the Cards: day off on Monday before hosting Washington on Tuesday.
Next up for the Dodgers: the Atlanta Braves come to town for a four game series (Monday to Thursday).