The game of managerial chess unfolded in brisk fashion, one move forcing another, until both Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts and Mike Matheny, his St. Louis Cardinals counterpart, could meddle no longer.
With two runners on in the seventh inning Sunday, control of a 1-1 game left the minds of the managers and entered the hands of the players. Joe Blanton stood on the mound for the Dodgers. Yadier Molina hunkered in the batter's box for the Cardinals. This, Roberts would insist later, was the matchup he desired.
"I wanted to make the righty beat us," Roberts said.
Molina, the aforementioned righty, did. Blanton threw a slider over...