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, 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.

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Dodgers News

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MLB News

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.

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Dan Duangdao was a contributing writer for Dodgers Nation. Follow him on Twitter @DanDuangdao

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