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The Cardinals pull ahead in Game 6 with a big third inning

Oct 18, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

Matt Carpenter AP

Post-season legend Carlos Beltran staked the Cardinals to an early lead in the top of the third with a line drive RBI single to center against Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw. The opportunity was set up by Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter, who worked an 11-pitch at-bat — including seven consecutive foul balls — against Kershaw before lacing a double down the right field line. Beltran went ahead in the count 2-1 before taking a fastball back up the middle. He advanced to second on the play.

After Matt Holliday struck out, Yadier Molina kept the rally going, lining a Kershaw curve to left-center for an RBI single, pushing the Cardinal lead to 2-0. Kershaw then fell behind David Freese, who singled up the middle. Matt Adams drew a walk to load the bases. Shane Robinson — starting in place of the besieged Jon Jay — hit a seeing-eye single to right field, scoring Molina to push it to 4-0.

The Cardinals made Kershaw labor in the third, seeing a total of 48 pitches. They saw 18 and 15 pitches in the first and second innings, respectively. The Dodgers certainly didn’t expect their ace to need 81 pitches to get through three innings.

With a 3-2 series lead in the NLCS, the Cardinals are enjoying how Game 6 has gone thus far.

  1. notsofast10 - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Home Plate umpire needs to call strikes when the pitcher throws strikes, this guy sucks!

  2. jya87 - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Love how the broadcasters are doing their best to justify Gibson’s “strike” zone.

  3. cabrera24 - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Score should be 1-0 right now .

    • cohnjusack - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      Yet, currently it’s 6-0. Don’t that just suck!

      • cohnjusack - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        Edit: 7-0.

      • cohnjusack - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        Edit: 8-0.

      • cohnjusack - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        Edit: 9-0.

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Pitchtrax showwd it as a ball. The camera angle can make pitches look better or worse since its not a straight on shot.

  5. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    You guys put the “LA” in whhhhambuLAnce
    ;)

  6. emdash01 - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    The strike zone’s been pretty inconsistent (though Ellis hasn’t helped with his iffy framing), but Kershaw not looking sharp is pretty important too. Have to wonder if going on short rest has added some fatigue that’s catching up to him now, or if the high inning count this season has just finally caught up to him.

  7. isujames - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Good night Dodger fans the game is over, Kershaw = Shelled.

  8. savior72 - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    LAD is DUN

  9. perryt200 - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    RESISTANCE IS FUTILE

  10. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    8-0

  11. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    9-0

  12. isujames - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    9-Nil.

  13. mvpcowboys - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Cy Young winner for the REGULAR season outdueled again by a rookie.

  14. babyfarkmcgeezax - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Somewhere, Craig Calcaterra is bawling his eyes out. I hope he has flood insurance to cover the damage all his tears are causing to his house.

  15. babyfarkmcgeezax - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    472-0

  16. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Craig will find some way to praise the Dodgers and bash the Cardinals…

  17. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Dodger fan defending Puig’s celebrating during his homerun… I mean TRIPLE…

    “Yeah, because Puig is causing his team harm.” (sarcastically)

    HAHAHAHAHAHA

    • emdash01 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      Puig made mistakes. But given how many hard-hit balls there were in those innings, technically perfect throws wouldn’t have helped all that much.

  18. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Overthrows and missing a ball because you try and throw a guy out from RF doesn’t help.

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