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The improbable continues in NLCS

Oct 15, 2013, 12:00 AM EDT

St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Three Getty Images

Game 1: Zack Greinke versus Joe Kelly.

Cardinals win.

Game 2: Clayton Kershaw versus Michael Wacha.

Cardinals win.

Game 3: Adam Wainwright versus Hyun_jin Ryu.

Dodgers win.

The Cardinals led the National League in runs scored both for the season as a whole and in the second half. The Dodgers started slowly, but they were third in the league in runs and second in OPS after the All-Star break. 31 innings into the NLCS, the teams have combined to scored nine runs.

And if that wasn’t unlikely enough, one of those three runs that scored tonight was charged to Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist. It’s the first earned run he’s allowed in three months. It’s just the second he’s surrendered in 42 innings as a major leaguer.

Finally, a fan dressed as a bear was thrown out of the ballpark tonight.

Tonight’s game could have seen the Cardinals virtually clinch the series with their ace on the mound. Wainwright allowed two runs over 16 innings in his two NLDS starts against the Pirates. Ryu gave up four rins in three innings in his NLDS loss to the Braves.

Yet, Ryu, amid rumors of elbow and back problems, came out throwing his hardest pitches of the season tonight. It’s not even an exaggeration: he hit 95 mph on the gun for the first time as a major leaguer.

Wainwright was fine, but Ryu was better. The lefty pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits. It was just the second time in 32 starts this year that he went without allowing a run.

With the loss tonight, the Cardinals will definitely see Greinke again. They don’t necessarily have to win another Greinke or Kershaw start to advance, but now it’s a series, even if it’s still an incredibly odd one.

  1. Staff - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Reblogged this on SoshiTech.

  2. cohnjusack - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Wainwright was good, Ryu was great, Gonzalez and Puig were timely and Jon Jay was a disaster.

    • nbjays - Oct 15, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      And that’s being kind to Jay.

      • blacksables - Oct 15, 2013 at 8:16 AM

        No, it’s being kind to the other guys who had no shot at catching the ball and wouldn’t stay out of his way.

  3. cohnjusack - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Fun fact:
    This is the first time in LCS history that neither team has homered in the first three games.

    • dan1111 - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:04 AM

      Despite having the top two offenses in the NL, both the Dodgers and Cardinals hit relatively few homers. And now they are facing each other’s pitching staffs, both of which are excellent at preventing homers.

  4. stoutfiles - Oct 15, 2013 at 6:00 AM

    I wouldn’t exactly call any of these wins improbable.

    1. The home team has been winning.

    2. Ryu, Wacha, and Kelly all have had great years. They aren’t scrub pitchers.

    • moogro - Oct 15, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      And Wacha is demonstrably the best pitcher right now.

  5. sdelmonte - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I have no idea where else to put this: at the beginning of the game, Vin Scully talked a bit about General Jonathan Wainwright (no relation to Adam), who served under MacArthur in the Phillipines and was part of the horrific Bataan Death March. It has nothing to do with baseball, but it was one of those incredibly smart and cool things Vin does every so often.

    The best reason to have MLB Radio? To listen to the first three innings of Dodger home games. The best reason to root for the Dodgers to make the WS? So Vin can do play by play in one more World Series. (Note to Fox: if the Dodgers make it, tune in to him for an inning or two.)

    • billyboots - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      An inning or two? How about just shut down the awful Buck-McCarver duo and let us just listen to Scully for the whole shebang.

      • moogro - Oct 15, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        Yer both right.

  6. APBA Guy - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Also of note: A’s owner Lew Wolff in the front row yukking it up with long-time pal and fellow friend-of-Bud Dennis Gilbert. Lew was the white haired gentleman in the green polo shirt. I must say Lew looked much more relaxed at this game than he usually does at A’s games, probably because nobody was approaching him with a plunger and saying “Your turn, bub.”

  7. wolfwithlightsaber - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Both of the first 2 games could have gone either way, confused about the statement that this is an “odd series.”?

  8. jimeejohnson - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    There’d be nobody left in Dodger Stadium if they threw out all the phonies.

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