Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) is met at home plate by Austin Barnes (15) after Bellinger’s grand slam against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Marcio Jose Sanchez
LOS ANGELES — It was not long after the disastrous first inning Wednesday night late at Dodger Stadium that the Cardinals’ overriding goal shifted from putting an exclamation point on their lengthy road trip to mobilizing the roster to avoid any jetlag leaking into the weekend.
Los Angeles left the Cardinals with a lasting impression before they flew home, scoring a Dodger Stadium record 11 runs in the first inning on the way to a 14-3 thumping.
Carlos Martinez did not retire any of the first eight batters he faced, and the righthander could not finish the first inning, forcing an already taxed and trampled bullpen to stretch to cover 23 outs. The Dodgers, by winning the series, saved them pitches by not needing the ninth inning. Cody Bellinger tied a career high for a game with six RBIs in the first inning, and his grand slam that put LA ahead 11-1 punctuated the biggest first inning for the Dodgers since they soared west from Brooklyn.
Almost immediately after the highest-scoring inning by any team this season, the Cardinals pivoted to their overnight migration east and red-eye flight from LA to…