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Dodgers shut out Cardinals in Game 3, now trail 2-1 in NLCS

Oct 14, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

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The Cardinals took the first two games of the NLCS and were sitting pretty with their ace Adam Wainwright on the hill tonight, but the Dodgers are suddenly making things interesting.

Behind an excellent outing from Hyun-Jin Ryu and long-awaited contributions from some key bats in the lineup, the Dodgers topped the Cardinals 3-0 tonight at Dodger Stadium. They now trail the best-of-seven series two games to one.

Ryu outdueled Wainwright by allowing just three hits and one walk over seven scoreless innings. He struck out four batters and didn’t let a baserunner advance past second base. Brian Wilson and Kenley Jansen followed with scoreless frames to lock down the shutout victory.

The Dodgers got to Wainwright for two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, ending a 22-inning scoreless streak for the club during the series. Adrian Gonzalez got them on the board with an RBI double down the right field line while Yasiel Puig busted out of his recent slump with an eventful RBI triple. The Dodgers later added an insurance run in the eighth inning on a bloop single from Hanley Ramirez after Carl Crawford scampered home from second base and managed to get in under the tag from Yadier Molina.

Things were looking bleak for the Dodgers after Saturday’s loss, but they will have a chance to even things up in the series tomorrow night. Lance Lynn will get the ball for St. Louis while Ricky Nolasco is tentatively scheduled to start for Los Angeles.

  1. jya87 - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Glad the Dodgers got to Wainwright! Differences in the games have all seemed to come on the defensive end.

    Game 1: Ethier can’t make a play on Postseason Legend Beltran’s 2-out, game-tying double. Cardinals later walk off.

    Game 2: A.J. Ellis has a passed ball to allow the runner to advance to third, and two batters later, Crawford executes one of the uglier catch-and-throws I’ve seen. The unearned run leads to Kershaw’s early exit and the Cardinals ultimately shut out the Dodgers.

    Game 3: A fly ball drops between Jay and Postseason Legend Beltran. The gaffe lets the Dodgers score the only run they’ll need that inning. As an observation, in the same inning, Beltran’s knees seemed to allow both Gonzales and Puig to take one extra base.

    Some seriously terrible hitting, but nevertheless a fun series to follow! Respect to the Cards, but hope my Dodgers can pull through!

    PS. Sorry, just had to take a poke at Baer’s headlines involving Carlos Beltran 😉

    • notsofast10 - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      The Cardinals thru 3 games have banged out 13 hits and have a 2-1 game lead! Go Figure.

    • bfunk1978 - Oct 15, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      Didn’t really get to Wainwright so much as the awful outfield defense.

    • hustleandflomax - Oct 15, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      You shouldn’t go poking Baers.

    • gostlcards5 - Oct 15, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      @jya – Well said, bro. Kudos to the Dodgers. A good game last night….Ryu was great!

  2. Anoesis - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Hyun-Jin Ryu may have saved the Dodgers’ season with a great outing to keep them in the series. I recall a lot of people saying before the season that he wasn’t worth the money the Dodgers paid to sign him, yet in this series he’s done what Greinke and Kershaw were supposed to do but couldn’t. Now it’s Nolasco’s turn to prove that the back end of the rotation isn’t the drop-off so many think it is.

  3. kingscourt25 - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Lynn’s road ERA is 5.15 over 17 starts and Nolasco was horrible in September. Should finally be a high scoring game.

  4. Staff - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Reblogged this on SoshiTech.

    • losangelesfan - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      I just reblogged SushiTech in my toilet.

  5. Anoesis - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Vin Scully passed along this stat: Dodgers starters who went 7+ IP, 3 H or fewer, 0 R in postseason game: Drysdale, Koufax, Hershiser & Ryu.

    Pretty good company Ryu is in.

  6. cur68 - Oct 15, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Hadn’t seen Ryu throw that hard all season. He’s clearly left some in the tank over the season. He’s going to be the toughest Dodger pitcher to solve. He can throw harder than they expect, so clearly the opposition hasn’t seen his entire arsenal. Kershaw & Grienke are well known. Tough to beat, but you know what you’re up against. Ryu just gave them something to think about.

  7. nbjays - Oct 15, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Lack of offense and a bunch of mental mistakes cost the Cards the game. John Jay had a brutal game in center, he had at least 4 plays where a speedier outfielder (who communicates with his teammates) might have come up with the ball. The injured Freese gets replaced by Descalso, who immediately pulls a TOOTBLAN. If I’m Wainwright, I’m pissed off at the piss-poor play behind me last night.

    Not that I’m complaining, cheering for the Dodgers and all.

    • blacksables - Oct 15, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      Speed has nothing to do with playing center field. Quickness does. Big difference.

      • nbjays - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        Or getting a jump, or taking a good route to the ball. Neither of which Jay did very well last night.

  8. omniusprime - Oct 15, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Looks like the Cardiac Cards are getting ready to lose another playoff series after jumping to a nice lead, let’s not forget what happened to the pathetic cards last year against the NL West Giants. Loved that the Dodgers whipped wainwright after listening to the dumb pundits on tv bragging about how great he was.

    The Dodger pitching has clearly got the cards batters fooled, only luck allowed them to win two games. Now the the Dodgers have broken through the scoring barrier they’ll send the cards packing back home to go fishing!

    Go Dodgers!!!

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      This right here…

      “only luck allowed them to win two games.”

      People who post shit like this make it very hard to take anything they say seriously.
      You were locked down games #1 and #2 by the Cardinals’ pitchers. A flat out buzz saw.
      You are no different than Pirates fan saying they “choked.” It’s a slap in the face to the team that BEAT YOU.

      The Cardinals played sloppy…sloppy…sloppy baseball. The Dodgers didn’t. As a result, the Dodgers deserved to win last night. See how that works?
      It’s called grace. It’s called humility. It’s called modesty. Get some.

      • CyclePower - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        blegch ………As a life long fan of the Doyers, and it being 25 years since I watched the Gibson homer, I’ve been waiting a while for this, but I also want to see St Louis lose because of the self-righteous attitude that I’ve seen on display by the Cardinal Nation, for which stlouis1 is but an archetype.

        Those last two games could have really gone either way. A non-gimpy Ethier (or Matt Kemp) makes a play on that Beltran fly ball, that ball doesn’t get by AJ Ellis, the Dodgers don’t go 0-10 with RISP ….or, on the other end, the Cardinals don’t play “sloppy sloppy baseball” (yeah, like Ryu’s pitching or Puig’s timely hitting had nothing to do with last night’s win…gimme a break) and maybe they win last night. The series could easily be 2-1 Dodgers, 3-0 Dodgers, 3-0 Cardinals and, of course 2-1 Cardinals. In very tight games in a tight series, the difference maker is often a single key play. Luck is part of that. The Cardinals have been lucky.

        In the last 24 hours, the phrase “act like you’ve been there before” used in conjunction with “class” has been used so many times by Cardinals fans that it’s now become the biggest cliche in baseball.

        ….”grace?” Get over yourselves Cardinals fans.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 15, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        Wow. Thanks Cycle Power. You said it better than I ever could have. I will NEVER use an excuse like an injury. Chris Carpenter (SP), Jaime Garcia (SP), Rafael Furcal (SS), Jason Motte (Closer), David Freese (3B) or Allen Craig (resident stud). All starters. So you would be far better served to take that injury/gimpyness elsewhere. Further, I would never state the other team choked. Because it is disrespectful. Act like you have been their before? Who the hell said that? I certainly didn’t. Because it’s condescending. Again…grace, humility and modesty. I see you could use some as well. And I gave the Dodgers credit for playing better no less! Hahaha! You are welcome for the compliment. Oh…and good luck tonight. I hope my wishing you could luck is taken better than the compliment I gave you. It’s apparent you don’t get many of them. Anywho…good luck. You guys are tough. I expect another nail-biter!

      • eldeano99 - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        Best record in baseball = Luck. Yea, right.

      • eldeano99 - Oct 15, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        Oh and by the way, regarding the comments “act like you’ve been there before” used in conjunction with “class” are being said by the media, not the fans.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 15, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        Yeah…much like that “best fans” bullshit.
        It’s obvious they are grasping for straws.
        A result of needing a little extra to fire themselves up I suppose. Lol!

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