Five takeaways from the Dodgers' comeback win in Game 2

Five takeaways from the Dodgers' comeback win in Game 2
Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig has a few words for Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina after striking out in the second inning after he was nearly hit with a pitch. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

There now, having fun yet? If not, just give up on sports. Give up on anything that gets the pulse racing.

The postseason is only two games old for the Dodgers and are already they putting out some Grade A drama. If this keeps building, somebody better be ready for the quick documentary.


The series is now tied 1-1 and heading to St. Louis, but here are five takeaways from the Dodgers' 3-2 victory Saturday.

Neither of these teams are ever going to quit

It's almost crazy how each keeps battling back. My well is deeper than your well. They're managing to make every inning, nearly every at-bat an intense conflict.

The Dodgers jump out to a 6-1 lead in Friday's opener, the Cardinals come back against Clayton Kershaw to take a 10-6 lead and the Dodgers rally to fall a heartbreaking run short.

And are left with what was pretty much a must-win situation in Game 2. So Saturday they jump out to a 2-0 lead behind Zack Greinke, watch the Cards tie it in the eight and then Matt Kemp wins it in the bottom of inning.

"It really showed a lot of our character," said catcher A.J. Ellis.

Matt Carpenter is a devil with one purpose, to drive Dodgers absolutely bonkers

Against the rest of the world, Carpenter is a nice little player. He hit .273 with eight home runs and 59 RBI this season.

Against the Dodgers, he's Godzilla meets Mike Schmidt. He won a memorable at-bat against Clayton Kershaw that led to his downfall in last season's National League Championship Series and did the same thing Friday in the division series opener to give St. Louis the lead.

Then Saturday he hit a two-run homer to tie Game 2 in the eighth. Can't the Dodgers arrange for this guy to be captured by aliens or something?

"He continues to just be a nuisance at the plate," said Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny. "He's had a terrific year for us and continues to amaze us with how he goes about every at-bat."

Imagine how he's amazed the Dodgers.

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Moments after the Cardinals tied the score 2-2 in the top of the eighth, Plaschke filed his first-edition story and announced in the press box that Matt Kemp would now hit the game-winning home run.

He doesn't normally give stock tips, but he is a friend of mine and for the right incentive I could be persuaded to coax a few financial thoughts from him.

Lucky break when umpire missed tag on Zack Greinke

Eric Cooper called Greinke out for what would have been the first out of a double play, but the Dodgers challenged the call when replays showed Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong actually had the ball in his other hand and not the glove with which he tagged Greinke.

Greinke was allowed back to second and eventually scored the Dodgers' second run and, of course, they won by one run.

If Cooper realizes Wong has the ball in his other hand and calls him safe, first baseman Matt Adams might have had time to throw Grienke out at second and still get the double play. Greinke wasn't even halfway to second during the tag.

"That's a good question," Greinke said. "I think I could have made it, but I can't tell you for sure."

The Dodgers are hitting better right now than they have all season

The Dodgers did not duplicate their 16-hit, nine-run outburst from the opener in Game 2, settling for three runs on eight hits, but they continue to look like a dangerous offensive team.

They already appeared the National League's deepest one-through-seven lineup, but now No.8 Ellis is hitting, too. Ellis hit a double off the wall in the third and scored the Dodgers' first run. He's five for eight with a team-high four runs in the first two games.

Right now, they are healthy and every Dodger can hurt you.

"It's as good a focus as I think we've had, as far as the battles and seeing every guy kind of fighting and fighting," Mattingly said.