Kershaw dominates over 7 innings, Cardinals offense continues to struggle

Another day, another pitiful offensive performance by the Cardinals.

And it leads to another loss.

Clayton Kershaw continued his dominant start to the season with seven sharp innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the struggling St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 on Saturday night.

Kershaw didn’t allow a baserunner until Dylan Carlson’s one-out single in the fifth. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner gave up two hits, struck out nine and walked none, throwing 88 pitches. It was nearly perfect from start to finish from the future Hall of Fame pitcher.

the 35-year-old Kershaw (5-1) won his fourth consecutive start. He has yielded one earned run over his last three outings, a span of 20 innings. His ERA dropped to 1.89.

Yet again, Jordan Montgomery‘s solid start was wasted by one of the worst-producing offenses in the MLB.

Montgomery (2-4) had his second consecutive defeat after taking the loss Monday at San Francisco when he gave up only one unearned run. He struck out seven while pitching 6 2/3 innings of five-hit ball, but he lost his fourth consecutive decision.

“Monty was good, man,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “He went toe to toe with (Kershaw). The sinker was in play, seven punchouts overall. He was determined to have a good game. We saw a really good version of him tonight.”

The Cardinals have lost five of six. They are 2-7 on a 10-game West Coast trip that started in Seattle last weekend. And as the month of April nears its end, the Cardinals find themselves near the bottom of the division looking up.

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