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Cardinals beat Dodgers in Game 4, lead NLCS 3-1

Oct 15, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

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St. Louis is one win away from the World Series.

Matt Holliday slugged a two-run bomb in the top of the third inning and Shane Robinson smacked a pinch-hit solo shot in the top of the seventh inning as the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 4-2 in Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday evening in Los Angeles.

It wasn’t the sharpest of outings for Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, but he limited the Dodgers to two runs and then handed things over to the Cards’ bevy of young bullpen arms. Seth Maness, 25, needed only three pitches to record two outs and then Carlos Martinez, 22, tossed two clean frames while hitting 100 mph four different times. Trevor Rosenthal, 23, closed it out with equally-electrifying heat.

Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco lasted only four innings, allowing three runs, and Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was lifted in the seventh due to lingering discomfort in the area of his fractured rib. Ramirez seems doubtful to play in Game 5 of the NLCS on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. local time in Los Angeles.

The Cardinals will be looking to wrap things up behind right-hander Joe Kelly.

The Dodgers will counter with right-hander Zack Greinke.

  1. jhaegs - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Way to go Birds! One more game!

    What’s the over/under on murders at Dodger Stadium if/when the Cardinals take game 5?

    • Anoesis - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      One win away from the WS isn’t good enough for some people, they just gotta twist the knife. “Best fans in baseball,” right?

    • kavika6 - Oct 16, 2013 at 6:42 AM

      I’m a little worried. My father is walking around in L.A. right now wearing a Cardinals jacket.

      By the way, does Dodger Stadium have a swimming pool? I hope the Cards packed their swim trunks.

      • blacksables - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:51 AM

        They can piss on the Dodger dogs. Might improve the test of the most over-rated concession item of all time.

    • dannymac17 - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      I dont remember the last time someone was murdered at Dodger stadium. You must have it confused with Angel stadium.

  2. dolphindubs - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    C’mon now. Murders only occur at Dodgers stadium when the Giants are in town. Show some respect

    • dannymac17 - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Nobody died though. Just severely beaten.

  3. jhaegs - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Forgot- they only beat the crap out of fellow Dodger fans. Much more respectable than killing them…

  4. perryt200 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Go Cards!!

    Let’s hope it is 2006 all over again!

  5. missingdiz - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Wow, so much going on in that game.

    I’m volunteering to be Lynn’s personal psychologist (for which I have no formal training or experience) for just 10% of his salary–“Think about the mitt. Think about Yadi. Do what Yadi signals. Hit the mitt. Think of nothing else.” I might need to hypnotize him.

    OK, Dodgers, now our shortstop has been hit by a pitch. Will you stop already? Kelly did not mean to hit Ramirez.

    Thank you, Punto, or whomever was to blame.

    Thank you–sincerely–Shane Robinson. 5′ 9″ guys salute you!

    • missingdiz - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      I should clarify–sorry, heat of the moment, or something. I don’t mean by “stop already” that the Dodgers were trying to hit Kozma in retaliation. It wouldn’t be rational for them really to take his bat out of the lineup. I meant stop whining about Ramirez and accept what happened as the sort of accident that often happens in baseball.

  6. jya87 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Heard that the Cardinals bench did some sort of wave when Yasiel Puig first came up to bat. Any truth to that?

    If so, would that qualify as “Mickey Mouse”?

    • cohnjusack - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      Yeah, but it’s cute when the team I’m rooting for does it.

      • paperlions - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:51 AM

        I honestly don’t care which team it is….I have no problem with a little smack talk or friendly exchanges of “shit-giving” (sorry, no coffee yet and can’t think of a better term). It is beyond silly that players and coaches (as well as some fans and media) that take themselves and a game so seriously that they can’t have fun while playing it or appreciate others enjoying themselves while doing so.

      • tridecagon - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        paper, there’s a difference between having fun and showing up the opponent. I’m not sure anyone really knows which side of that line Puig is on.

    • stex52 - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      These days that seems like a pretty civilized way to do things. I’m glad to see the Cards loosening up and treating it like a game. Maybe next year the Braves won’t take themselves so seriously.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Ummm…no. Prior to the game they were in the dugout and did a sort of connected arms break dance arm wave at the police officer in front of the dugout. Which drew a very wide smile from said police officer.

  7. cohnjusack - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    3-1. The Cardinals got this in the bag! When have the Cardinals ever blown a 3-1 lead? I mean, except for those two times they blew 3-1 leads in the NLCS. And that World Series in which they blew a 3-1 lead. And that other World Series in which they blew a 3-1 lead.

    In summary…seriously!. The Cardinals have blown 4 three-to-one leads in the postseason (2012, 1996, 1985, 1968)?!?!

    • missingdiz - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      Yes, it’s good not to take anything for granted in baseball. But when it comes to 3-1 leads the Cards have blown, only the 2012 team matters. And even in that case, not a whole lot, especially when it comes to the pitchers.

      Nobody from the 1996 team is still around, never mind the earlier ones. It’s some sort of superstition. Those guys in 1996, 1985, and 1968 (1968!) were different guys. Just because their uniform looked more or less the same has no bearing on how our guys play this year. History is important generally speaking, but I don’t think these guys now are fretting over what happened in 1968 or any other year. They’re playing today’s Dodgers now, not Steve Garvey and company. This is the kind of crap that makes young people want to play soccer.

      • cohnjusack - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:24 AM

        No one from 1996 is around? Well, I think batting coach John Mabry says otherwise!

        Look, guys, I was saying this as random historical fact. I, in no way, think that the Cardinals are more or less inclined to lose a 3-1 lead than anyone else.

    • racksie - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      And just for fun, a 3-2 in 1987.

      • cohnjusack - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        1987 was cheating. I mean, an 85 win team in the series? What a bunch of bullshit! 83 wins and winning a title is fine though.

        Fun historical note: Those twins went 56-25 at home. The best mark in baseball. They went 29-52 on the road. The 2nd worst mark in baseball.

        Wonder why: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/story?id=1585964

      • racksie - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        And The Tigers had an off kilter home plate, that they used to their advantage. Scoreboard!

      • cohnjusack - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        (note: I don’t actually think this could possibly be responsible for that dramatically a large home/road split. Possibly an effect, but certainly not that much of one. Curiously, the Twins pitching was much better on the road, their hitting was about the same. That would mean this guy was just really lazy and only did it when the Twins were in the field).

  8. okwhitefalcon - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Anxiously awaiting for Blogger in Chief (or minion to be named later, Baer/Pouliot) to call for suspension of Lance Lynn for unintentionally flipping Yasiel Puig in the 4th.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:58 AM

      Did Lance question the size of Puig’s Penis?

  9. dante32278 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Cards fans, enjoy your win. Dodgers played some sloppy ball. As far as murder, I find it funny that people from a city in the top 5 murder rate in the nation (consecutive years also) make such comments. Bored uneducated people on a computer making things up. Enjoy the playoffs then go back to dodging and creating violence. America is proud!

    • cohnjusack - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      You’re just jealous because you don’t get to celebrate with a fun meth-party in the abandoned ruins of a former great city tonight! Whohoo!!

      And we ranked 4th in murder than you very much. Don’t diss us with this “Top 5″ shit.

      • dante32278 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:30 AM

        That was actually LOL good one. Top 4 it is!

    • jpstyles314 - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:52 AM

      The murder rate in St. Louis is bad, but the police out there are something else.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rampart_scandal

      Well I don’t have to worry about police beating me for no reason. Well, maybe a liittle.

      • upperdecker19 - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        Our cops are too busy detaining dancing bears from the top of dugouts to get involved with that stuff.

  10. ch0psuey - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Getting a good laugh over Dodgers thinking they are a playoff Caliber team.

    • Anoesis - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      Right, ’cause it ain’t like they’re actually in the playoffs or anything. Your logic is undeniable.

    • jpstyles314 - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:56 AM

      They are playing like one. The margin for error is pretty thin.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      The Dodgers are very much a playoff caliber team.
      This series is far from over. Do I need to point out they have Greinke on the hill for today’s game and Kershaw on the hill should it go to game #6 in the Lou’?
      This team is for real.

  11. jhaegs - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    @dante
    This is a sports blog, so I was obviously referencing the violence that seems to come with attending a Dodgers game. Search for “fight at Dodgers game” on YouTube, then search for “fight at Cardinals game”. The results are SLIGHTLY one-sided…

    • Anoesis - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      The pressing question here is why you need to search for fights at games.

    • dante32278 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      Great. Live life on YouTube. search what job should I have or how should I tell my kid what sex is, and im sure you will get a great answer from youtube. Great idea.

  12. sfm073 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Yeah bc so many of the current players were on that 1968 team.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      Great observation. Do you do historical baseball research professionally or is this just hobby for you?

  13. jhaegs - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    @dante
    Looking at a fight from a game is hardly looking for a life lesson. Funny for someone to judge someone’s online activity via an ONLINE blog. I guess when I heard about the fights, stabbings, etc., I decided to see what all the hoopla was about. Dodgers fans definitely put the LA in class!

  14. forsch31 - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Some Cardinal fans remember what happened last year. And realize that Joe “Timebomb” Kelly is pitching the next game. And that the Cardinals managed a grand total of 6 hits off of Greinke and Kershaw in Games 1 and 2. And then they take an Advil.

    Despite the 3-1 lead, this has been a razor-thin series that could easily have been 3-1 the other way. It’s also been an absolutely incredible one. Even at this point, nothing is in the bag.

  15. stlouis1baseball - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Much better sticks last night. And even better AB’s across the board. Let’s hope that carries over to today’s game. J. Kelly…we need a much better outing from you than the one we saw game #1.
    Get! It! Done!

  16. cincinata - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    I think, as a neutral observer, (well I do want the Card to beat LA) that the Fans are way to confident on this series. Remember that Dodgers have Greinke and Kershaw still waiting to pitch games 5 & 6 and that gives them a very good chance of tying this thing up. As everyone knows, anything can happen (and usually does) in game 7. Remember, Wainwright was supposed to be a sure thing in game 3!

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  18. mkprz - Oct 16, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    When it’s bases loaded and two outs, and you are the pitcher…you don’t take three strikes.
    It’s okay, No one is expecting you to hit a homerun or even get a hit, but at least swing at the damn ball once.
    What do you have to lose? Good grief, you’re a pitcher. Stop waiting for that perfect pitch…oh wait, there were three perfect pitches.
    It’s called a baseball bat and in the National League you use it.
    You don;t need coaching for that.
    Dodgers need to get a refund on Nolasco.

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