Remember how we didn't think it could get worse than Game 1, oh, about 16 hours ago? Sunday, it in fact did--and this time, it wasn't Donnie Baseball's fault. Instead, the Dodgers--without Hanley Ramirez (late scratch), Andre Ethier (save a weak PH K with two out in the ninth), and Yasiel Puig (who played, but his 0-for-4, 4K performance was basically a black hole)--simply refused to execute.
Biggest case in point was the sixth inning: down 1-0, the Dodgers led off with a Clayton Kershaw single to left, followed by a Carl Crawford single to right center which Cardinals 2B Matt Carpenter threw into left field for an error. Second and third, no out for the Dodgers. We'll get at least one, right?
Nope, not with this noffense. Mark Ellis pops out in the infield, Adrian Gonzalez gets the intentional pass, and then Puig strikes out weakly (looking absolutely lost at the plate) and Juan Uribe strikes out with a series of wild crazy swings at the plate. End of inning. The Dodgers didn't have a better chance than that for the rest of the game (oh sure, Nick Punto got to third with Michael Young batting with two out, but it's Michael Young for pete's sake).
Look, I'm surly and depressed and pissed off, and not just because ios7 sucks and is a battery-draining sycophant: Donnie's screwball managing lost the first game, but this one was all on us (or at least, those of us who played). I can take solace in thinking that the Cardinals are supposed to win those two games at home; the Cardinals aren't really hitting, either (we've out hit our opponent in all six of our postseason games). We've still got three in our house and we can roll. On the other hand, we've spent Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw and despite great performances from both, we've got nothing to show for it.
I need a day to sleep on this, but I'll stick with: Dodgers in 6.