The good news for the Dodgers is that shortstop Hanley Ramirez will be playing today despite a busted rib that happened in Game 2 when he was Hit By Pitch. The bad news is that despite his willingness to play injured he was entirely ineffective in Game 4, striking out 3 times.
Other than that and the fact they kept it reasonably close in Game 4 there’s not much good news at all. The Cardinals scored first in the 3rd inning off a Single, a Sacrifice, an RBI Double, another Sacrifice, and a 2 Run Homer. It would turn out to be all the scoring they needed. The Dodgers pulled within 1 on the 4th with a Leadoff Double, a Walk, an RBI Single, a Sacrifice and another RBI single. Nolasco was pulled for a Pinch Hitter, but that never works. Things stayed quiet until the 7th when the Cards added an insurance run from a Solo Shot by Robinson, wait for it, Pinch Hitting for Maness. St. Louis 4 – 2, lead Series 3 – 1.
I’m not always right.
The Dodgers are up against it now. They face elimination at home tonight and then twice in Busch Stadium. They’ll be counting on the arm of Zack Greinke (15 – 4, 2.63 ERA R) who’s currently pitching even better than that against Joe Kelly (10 – 5, 2.69 ERA R) who is not. If the Series extends you’ll see Kershaw and Ryu again who’ve proven no slouches in the post-season.
What they really need is offense in a Series that hasn’t shown much with the Dodgers scoring 7 times in 4 games against St. Louis’ 8.
So Dodgers fans, it hasn’t been a blow out by any means. I wish you good luck.