8:00 PM ET, October 15, 2013
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
St. Louis: Lynn (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Los Angeles: Nolasco (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Even when coming home down 0-2 in the NL championship series, the Los Angeles Dodgers thought it would be easy to take the first two games versus the St. Louis Cardinals with some clutch hitting.
They finally came through with some big hits to cut their deficit in half, and now aim to even their best-of-seven series with the Cardinals in Tuesday’s Game 4.
The Dodgers were truly inspired before Monday’s Game 3 with the news that Hanley Ramirez would start. Batting third in the lineup, Ramirez, who sat out Game 2 after being hit by a pitch in the ribs in the opener, singled in his first at-bat and drove in the final run with a hit in the eighth inning in Los Angeles’ 3-0 victory.
The 29 year-old, who wore a lightweight flak jacket to protect his ribs, is batting .455 with seven RBIs in the MLB playoffs.
Andre Ethier also came back after being limited to a pinch-hitting role in Game 2 because of shin splints. The outfielder was hitless in four at-bats and is 1 for 13 with five strikeouts in the postseason.
Los Angeles outhit the Cards 14-9 in St. Louis, but were just 1 for 16 with runners in scoring position. The Dodgers a 22-inning scoreless streak with Adrian Gonzalez’s RBI double in the fourth inning and Yasiel Puig drove him in with a triple.
The club finished 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
While Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly and online sports betting fans consider the club has turned a corner, the Cardinals’ offense is still sputtering.
St. Louis was limited to four hits Monday by Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brian Wilson and Kenley Jansen, and is batting .134 with seven walks in the NLCS. Manager Mike Matheny and YouWager experts are not sure if David Freese can return Tuesday after leaving Game 3 in the fifth inning with tightness in his right calf.