In Game 3, Hanley Ramirez’s decision to play despite a broken rib lifted the Dodgers to a 3-0 victory. Unfortunately, the pain proved too much in Game 4 as LA’s offensive leader was taken out in the seventh inning.
With the Dodgers trying to even up this best-of-seven series, manager Don Mattingly decided to start Ricky Nolasco, instead of Zack Greinke on short rest. Considering he hasn’t started a game since September 25, Nolasco managed to last four innings but gave up a two-run homer to Matt Holliday in the 3rd inning.
The Dodgers’ offense struggled once again as they only scored on a pair of RBI singles in the fourth inning by Yasiel Puig and A.J. Ellis. Ramirez struck out in each of his three at-bats and was eventually replaced by Nick Punto.
In a season where they were 30-42 and 9.5 games back of first place in June, the Dodgers will need to have another response as they face elimination tomorrow afternoon. Considering all that has gone on this season, there’s still hope. According to MLB.com, seven teams have rallied to win the LCS after being down 3-1 and five have actually gone on to win the World Series.
Game 5 of the NLCS begins tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. PST as the Dodgers look to keep their World Series hopes alive.
Dodgers Nation News
Dodgers Plan To Bring Don Mattingly Back As Manager Next Year [CBS Sports]
Gonzalez, Puig Go ‘Mickey Mouse’ To Club Cardinals [True Blue LA]
Nolasco, Ramirez, Ethier To Start NLCS Game 4 [Dodger Thoughts]
The Sweetheart From ’88 [Dodger Thoughts]
Another Look Back At Gibson, 25 Years Later [Dodgerscribe]
Overmatched Miguel Cabrera Sees Record On-Base Streak End [Hardball Talk]
Puig’s Antics Draw Cards’ Criticism [Bleacher Report]
Brian McCann Could Sign For $100 Million [SB Nation]
Red Sox Upset Peralta Can Play [Bleacher Report]
Cal Ripken Jr.’s Mom Is Victim Of Holdup In Parking Lot [Hardball Talk]
In case you missed it, here’s the latest on “RallyBear” from Game 3 of the NLCS last night.