Early in the game, Lance Berkman injured his right knee stretching for a throw at first. His replacement, Matt Carpenter booted a ground ball in the fourth allowing the Dodgers to get on the board and L.A.’s Clayton Kershaw did the rest in a 6-0 Cardinals loss.
First, Berkman. He just returned from the DL last weekend after returning from a calf injury and has played in just 13 games. Berkman is not sure what the issue is. “I wish I knew. We’re just going to wait and see what the MRI says, but it just doesn’t feel right. It buckled on me twice, and I don’t know why it did that. I was able to move around OK in here, and then it buckled again. So I have to be careful with it. It’s not too painful, but it’s just a weird feeling. I wish I could describe it. There’s a little bit of instability that’s mildly concerning.”
Carpenter’s error led to two run after Adam Kennedy hit a hard grounder down to first with runners on second and third and no outs in the fourth. Jake Westbrook suffered the loss giving up four runs, three earned, in 6.1 innings.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals had no answer for Clayton Kershaw. He went the distance for L.A., throwing a six hit shutout while striking out four.