Momentum is a one-game deal in the playoffs, and as high as the
The Dodgers fell, 4-2, to the
Ramirez struck out in all three of his at-bats and was finally taken out of the game in the seventh. It's not difficult to imagine he is done for the series.
The Dodgers could be done as soon as Wednesday afternoon’s Game 5 at
Nolasco, skipped over in the division series, had not started a game since Sept. 25.
He did not pitch well, but neither was he horrible for a guy who had not started a game in three weeks. He lasted four innings, his one major error giving up a mammoth two-run homer to
But the Dodgers could never really get their offense going against
Here is an inning-by-inning recap of Game 4 of the NLCS:
Cardinals 4, Dodgers 2 (final, end of ninth):
Closer Trevor Rosenthal took over in the ninth and immediately gave up a basehit to
Yet with the crowd on its feet, Rosenthal got Yasiel Puig to hit into a double play.
Many in the sellout crowd of 53,992 have slipped out, knowing the Dodgers are now down to their final three outs.
The Dodgers went weakly in the eighth, hard-throwing Carlos Martinez retiring retiring the Dodgers in order on three ground balls.
Due up in the ninth are
That brought on
Marmol struck out
The innings are starting to get kind of ugly for the Dodgers now.
They got a one-out double from
The Cardinals added to their lead, if from an unlikely source.
Robinson hit a drive to left and
Howell created a little more suspense when he gave up a two-out walk to
When this inning ended,
In the bottom of the sixth Dodgers got a one-out single from
Lynn allowed two runs on six hits and three walks, with five strikeout in his 5 1/3 innings.
This time he issued a one-out walk to
Withrow then got the most timely double play of his young career, getting
The Dodgers got a leadoff single from
After coming out to take the field, he did take detour to talk to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman, so presumably he was not happy about the calls.
He walked the pitcher,
Not an ideal situation, but this time Holliday bounced into a fielder's choice.
Things got interesting in the bottom of the fourth.
Lynn worked Puig to another full count before he hit a single past shortstop
In his four innings, Nolasco gave up three runs on three hits and a walk, with four strikeouts.
Meanwhile, it was back to the
Nolasco retired the Cardinals quickly in order in the fourth. Good Nolasco, bad Nolasco, good Nolasco.
Cardinals 3, Dodgers O (end of third):
The Dodgers looked almost stunned to be down three runs.
Then went down in order and
A three-run lead feels huge in this series, and it's what the Cardinals built in the third. Feels like 30-0.
Dodgers managed their first rally after
Unfortunately, that brought up
The Cardinals got the first baserunner with a one-out walk to
Nolasco continues to look very sharp.
No balls were hit to
There was bad news for the Dodgers in the first, and it had little to do with
He struck out and then slowly walked to his shortstop position. He's moving slowly, but still out there for now.
That would qualify as a good beginning for
Nolasco, who last started a game three weeks ago, breezed through the Cardinals in the first, retiring them in order.
And he needed only six pitches. Guess the St. Louis plan isn't to wear him down.
That would be the Nolasco who hasn't started since Sept. 25, and wasn't exactly pitching at his best then. The dice are rolling.
If the Dodgers are going to continue to build off the momentum of Monday’s 3-0 victory, they will need a big outing from Nolasco Tuesday in Game 4 of the
They have their full lineup back, including
The Dodgers will have to go to historic levels if they’re to top the drama they managed on this day 25 years ago. When this guy hit a ninth-inning home run. Maybe you remember it.