Jerad Eickhoff shut out the Cardinals for eight innings on May 8 in St. Louis, a performance that represented the best start of his career. Since then, he has allowed 17 runs on 25 hits, including 10 homers, in 18 1/3 innings over four starts for an 8.35 ERA.
Not for nothing, tough to second-guess Kapler for sticking with Eickhoff to start seventh inning in one-run game vs. lower half of Cardinals' order. Eickhoff was at 82 pitches and cruised through previous two innings. Injured-ravaged bullpen will be needed over weekend in L.A.