It was taunt and tense. It was a sweaty, nervous little game.
And ultimately, one extremely frustrating game for the
The Dodgers lost the opener of the
The Dodgers had chances all night to win the game but left 11 runners on base, hit into three double plays and had the potential winning run thrown out at the plate in the 10th inning.
Beltran was the Cardinal who threw out
It wasn’t the best managerial game for
Game 2 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday.
Friday’s game took 4 hours 47 minutes and saw the Dodgers waste an excellent start by
An inning-by-inning recap of Game 1 of the NLCS:
Beltran, who had driven in the Cardinals' only other two runs, singled in the game winner in the bottom of the 13th inning Friday off
After Daniel Descaiso singled and
Beltran singled on a 3-1 pitch and the Cardinals had won the opener of the
The game took four hours and 47 minutes.
Three up, three down for the Dodgers.
My kingdom for a run. It's after midnight in St. Louis
At this rate, they have have to delay the start of Game 2.
The Dodgers went to rookie reliever
Withrow will likely be the first Dodgers reliever asked to throw more than one inning.
How many opportunities can the Dodgers waste?
It was time for
Which naturally, immediately took the bat out of the hands of their best hitter.
That brought up
Neither team may ever score again.
After both scored a pair of runs in the third, it's been all zeros.
The Cardinals went into the series with a nine-man bullpen, and they may need the all.
The Dodgers got a two-out walk to Andre Etheir and single from
The Dodgers are living dangeriously. They've now left 10 men on base and are 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Belisario retired the side in order on just seven pitches.
The last time the Dodgers were in extra innings in the postseason was in the 1996 division series against the
The Dodgers got a one-out triple from
Young lifted a fly ball, but only to medium right-center. Center-fielder
The first game of the
St. Louis went to their fourth reliever to start the inning, so at least the Dodgers have a big edge in arms used if this game drags into extra innings.
Hard-throwing Trevor Rosenthal retired the Dodgers in order, including striking out
Greinke allowed only four hits in his eight innings, walking one to go with his season-high 10 strikeouts. If
That was probably Greinke's last inning. He's thrown 104 pitches and -- don't get nervous now --
The Dodgers are going to have to try and win this one without
Reliever Carlos Martinez started the inning for St. Louis and immediately walked Gonzalez. Manager
But Gordon was erased at second on a
Now the Dodgers are without Gonzalez in the tie game, and have lost Gordon for later use as a pinch runner.
Puig sprinted in to make the catch at his knees, then while on the run, quickly fired to first to double up Jay, who had gone too far to second and could not return to first in time to beat the throw.
The Cardinals have gone to their bullpen, and through one inning it was must more of the same. Ex-Dodger left-hander
St. Louis starter Joe Kelly settled down after a rough start. He gave up two runs in his six innings on six hits and two walks. He struck out five.
The Cardinals again went in order.
This is starting to look like a game for the bullpens, which will quickly test the Dodgers plan to shake it up this round.
The Dodgers got a leadoff single from
Uribe advanced to second on a two-out groundout, but Manager
Greinke has thrown 73 pitches, 48 for strikes.
Offense has become rumor.
Both teams are failing to mount anything really resembling a rally.
Joe Kelly has thrown 76 pitches through five innings, and the Cardinals have
The Cardinals got a one-out single from
Maybe seeing his team rally to tie the game back up relaxed right-hander Joe Kelly.
The Cardinals' starter got is first 1-2-3 inning, quickly retiring the Dodgers in order.
The Cardinals finally managed their first hit off
Only that was followed by a walk to leadoff hitter
The Dodgers threatened in each of the first two innings and looked in danger of coming away empty again in the third after loading the bases with one out on a
He dispatched the Cardinals in order, needing only eight pitches (six strikes).
And they're under way.
The Dodgers threatened with one out when
But Kelly, the 25-year-old right-hander from Corona High School, struck out
Detalied explanations were not offered.
"I don't know if I really want to go into all the reasons why, but obviously, we feel like this is the best club with St. Louis, for where we're at right now," Mattingly said.
Mattingly did announce before the Friday's game that
If Mattingly keeps
This is the first time the Dodgers and