Tonight was a tough one to swallow. Neither the Dodgers or Cardinals had gone yard heading into Game 4 until Matt Holliday launched a rocket toward the Dodgers bullpen in left field to give the Red Birds a 3-0 lead. Shane Robinson would later hit a pinch hit solo shot off J.P. Howell to pad the Cards lead and that’s how it would hold up as the Cards take Game 4, 4-2 to take a commanding 3 games to 1 lead.
A Break Here, A Break There….
Through 4 games, the Cardinals have had a slight edge in total runs scored, 8-7. Tonight, the long ball certainly played big in doing the The Blue in….
3 double plays, 2 of them inning ending and one of them a potential rally killer, as well as Nick Punto being picked off 2nd base after a one-out double and the Dodgers trailing by 2 also spelled doom for The Blue tonight….
The Dodgers have outhit the Red Birds 31-19 throughout the 4 games, however when being asked to come through in the clutch, while neither team has torn the cover off the ball throughout the series, with exception of tonight, it’s the Red Birds who have been that much more clutch than the Boys in Blue….
Other Key Moments The First Four….
After a one-out triple from Mark Ellis in the top of the 10th, the Cards intentionally walk Hanley Ramirez to pitch to Michael Young, who had replaced Adrian Gonzalez in the 8th inning for pinch runner Dee Gordon, who would not score. Michael Young hits a shalow fly to right center, Carlos Beltran catches and fires home to nail Mark Ellis at the plate. Score remains tied…
Top 12, after Carl Crawford leads off with a single and is sacrificed to 2nd by Mark Ellis, up comes HanRam. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out he will be walked to get to Michael Young’s spot, the spot originally occupied by Adrian Gonzalez, to set up a double play. Yup, you guessed it. And another rally is shut down. The Cards would end up winning in 13 on Carlos Beltran’s one out hit down the right field line….
With the Dodgers trailing by a 1-0 deficit, Kershaw and Crawford at 2nd and 3rd with no one out, The Blue would fail to score, capped off by strikeouts by Puig and Uribe, 2 key reasons why the Dodgers advanced past Atlanta to reach the NLCS. That would be their best scoring chance of the day and in spite only 2 hits combined off Kershaw, Belisario, and Howell, the Red Birds would hold off the Blue 1-0 and take a 2 games to none lead in the series….
So, again, as I have stated, neither team is really doing much to run away from each other, statistically speaking. The Cards have done just enough to position themselves for their 4th World Series appearance since 2004, and in a series between what many have said was a matchup of 2 evenly matched teams, just enough may be, well, just enough….
Outside The Yard…
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From The Twitter Feeds….
Eleven teams have come back from a 3-1 series deficit to win a best-of-seven series. #Dodgers
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 16, 2013
As I said earlier and will say again, the Cardinals have not , in any way, shape or form, dominated this series. They have done just enough to get themselves into position to clinch a World Series berth. We get Greinke tomorrow and should we be fortunate to go back to the Show Me State for Game 6 we get Kershaw. Has anyone won back to back games against these two this season….twice ? It will be tough to do it again. The Dodgers just gotta come up with that clutch hit, and not let tomorrow’s starter, Joe Kelly off the hook as they did early and often in Game 1. Momentum can be a fair-weather trait. It’s time we get that back tomorrow !!!!
We shoulda had white towels today, Holliday doesn't like those.
— Jen (@dgrgirl) October 16, 2013
He almost lost Ethier’s fly in the 6th. Kinda did bring back memories of this….
Unfortunately, tonight, it was Holliday who did major damage to The Blue….
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— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@myfoxla) October 16, 2013
I STILL BELIEVE !!!! GO DODGERS !!!!
I know it's a mid-week day game & things seem bleak but an amazing stadium atmosphere & crowd can only help as we start this tough climb
— AJ Ellis (@AJEllis17) October 16, 2013
We’re behind you A.J. !!!!!
Something to Cheer You Up…
Many have brought up this great moment in This Day in History, 1988, for you insomniacs who need a little encouragement for tomorrow….
OK, enough from the past !!! It’s all about tomorrow !!! BELIEVE !!!! GO DODGERS !!!!