Ricky Nolasco rolled through his first inning of work with six pitches. His next inning allowed a baserunner but then he got out of it.
But in the third inning, the things came off the rails, capped by a two-run shot deep to left off the bat of Matt Holliday, 2009 Dodgers NLCS hero. After years of doing NOTHING in Dodger Stadium, off of Ricky Nolasco, Holliday finally got lucky.
Holliday's HR proved to be the difference in a game where the Dodgers just couldn't get anything started at the plate. Juan Uribe was swinging early but not often; his 0-for-4 tonight has him batting .118. Hanley Ramirez looked pained with each swing in his 0-for-3 night, and you can hardly blame the guy with a fractured rib. Yasiel Puig kept it rolling: 2-for-3 with an RBI, but a key GIDP in the ninth inning to erase Andre Ethier's leadoff single, the Dodgers' last chance for a comeback.
Like all the other games in this series, the Dodgers outhit their opponent (8 to 6), but lost. And our RISP was mediocre (2-for-6), but St. Louis' was worse (2-for-10). And yet, the Cardinals won and took a 3-1 lead in the NLCS.
Disgusting and sad outcome this evening, but take some solace: the Cardinals were up 3-1 in the NLCS on an NL West team last year, as well. And we all know how that one turned out.
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