It should be clear to the
Kershaw went seven brilliant innings, he and relievers
A looping double by
The Dodgers could not score one lousy run against rookie
The Dodgers played this one with shortstop
The series now switches to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Monday, with St. Louis set to start ace
Here is an inning-by-inning recap of the NLCS's Game 2:
Cardinals 1, Dodgers 0 (final, middle of ninth):
Closer Trevor Rosenthal wrapped it up for the Cardinals.
He struck out
The Dodgers are in position to lose 1-0, despite allowing only two hits.
St. Louis is making it look easy.
The Dodgers have struck out 10 times and are down to the final three outs.
The Dodgers are in position to lose 1-0 on an unearned run.
Kershaw has thrown only 72 pitches.
Siegrist threw a pair of wild pitches to advance Punto to third, but on a full count, Young flied out to right.
The Dodgers are six outs from a second consecutive frustrating loss.
The bad, of course, is the Cards'
The Dodgers may never score again.
They wasted their biggest opportunity yet, and this one figures to hurt. And maybe for a long while.
And they still couldn't score.
Wacha struck out
Thus far the Dodgers are 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position in the
And a passed ball is going to kill them?
With Freese advancing to third, the Cardinals tried to squeeze him home but
Then Jay lifted a fly to
The sun remains bright, but with nasty shadows they've turned the lights on a
Scoring opportunities are looking rare today. The Dodgers got one in the fifth when
Through five innings right-hander
If it's not enough for the Cards that
See previous inning: threee up, three down.
The shadows creeping across
This game has been all pitching through three innings.
Since giving up a leadoff triple,
First team to make a mistake loses?
Dodgers still aren't hitting. Right-hander
Since the single by
The Dodgers badly need to show some offensive life.
It's looking like one of those games, a low-scoring, one-bad-mistake-kills-you games.
The Dodgers need to put some pressure on Wacha to see how the rookie responds.
The Dodgers look like they're letting rookie right-hander
The 22-year-old, who appeared in only 15 games (nine starts) this season, retired the Dodgers in order in the second. He made it look easy.
And then Kershaw showed why he's Kershaw.
He popped up
It was pretty impressive, and just maybe a lift the Dodgers could use with two stars out.
The Dodgers got off to a bad start Saturday, and that was before
In the top of the first inning, Ellis lined a hit to left that should have been a double, but he stumbled after crossing first and had to hold up to a single. After
There are no must-games when it's only the second game of a seven-game series, but there are some you'd-better-win games.
The Dodgers can hardly afford to lose the first two games with
So after Friday's epic 3-2 loss to the Cardinals in 13 innings, the Dodgers more than ever need Kershaw to step up big in this afternoon's Game 2.
Of course, Greinke was huge in the opener and that didn't work out so well.
As well as Kershaw has been pitching – and the troubles the Cardinals have against left-handers – he is anything but a lock today. Kershaw went 0-2 against St. Louis this season, allowing six runs in 13 innings.