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With the series shifting to St. Louis for Games 3 and 4, the Cardinals turned to veteran right-hander John Lackey in the pivotal swing game.

Dee Gordon led the game off with a single and wasted little time stealing second base. Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Yasiel Puig’s struggled continued as he struck out for the sixth consecutive at-bat. Gordon then took third on a passed ball, where he was stranded by Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp.

Hyun-Jin Ryu’s first inning of action since Sept. 12 got off to strong start as he struck out the first two batters he faced. He was squeezed by home-plate umpire Dale Scott and walked Matt Holliday before getting Matt Adams to ground out.

Hanley Ramirez hit a leadoff single in the second inning and A.J. Ellis added another with two outs, but Ryu was unable to help himself and the game remained scoreless. Ryu allowed back-to-back base hits to lead off the bottom of the second and the Cardinals eventually had runners on the corners with one out before Ryu could get out of the jam unscathed.

Matt Carpenter’s hot bat came to life in the third inning as he hit a solo home run, his third homer of the series, to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Lackey pitched a shutdown inning in the fourth and worked around a one-out walk in the fifth to keep the Cardinals ahead.

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2 Responses

  1. Jim

    Our lefties out of the pen are killing us. J.P. has gone back to the “showboating” and stretching before each pitch and taking forever in between pitches instead of focusing on the job at hand. Pull it together guys! We would be hitting much better if we would start hitting the ball the other way and quit trying to hit ever pitch out of the park. Puig, you hit your last HR to right and finally got a hit tonight…to RIGHT, quit trying to pull everything! Go get them tomorrow and let’s win it in L.A. Go Dodgers! Hats off to the Cards, good game.

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  2. movonup

    How can Dodger pitching keep serving up the exact same pitch to every fricken left hander on the Cards? Do the Dodgers pitchers have any scouting meetings? Do coaches speak to their players? When will Mattingly put two & two together and realize Wilson is lying, he is either injured or he’s done. There is no longer the velocity of prior years.

    I’ve never seen such inconsistent calls from an umpire. HE TOOK THE DODGERS BATS RIGHT OUT OF THE GAME…HEY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL WE DON’T NEED YOUR UMPIRES HELP…OUR BULLPEN IS DOING JUST FINE ON THEIR OWN.

    SHAME ON MLB, THEIR UMPS, AND the Dodger’s bullpen.

    BTW how come MLB channel doesn’t air post game press conferences like NBA, NFL, NHL,….that sucks too!

    Fucking insane & hard to watch!

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