The young flamethrowers do it again for the Cardinals as they take a 2-0 series lead

10/13/13 in MLB   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - The young flamethrowers do it again for the Cardinals as they take a 2-0 series leadThe Dodgers opened this NLCS with Zach Greinke and Clayton Kershaw on the mound. The two have combined to give up just three runs. In Game 2, they gave up one run on just two hits. However, because the Dodgers haven't solved the Cardinals pitching staff, they sit down 2 games to none in the series and in deep trouble.

The Cardinals took Game 2 1-0 despite those two hits. The first hit came on the very first pitch, as Matt Carpenter raked a triple off Kershaw. However, the Dodgers got out of that jam without scoring. St. Louis would get their second hit in the 5th inning off a David Freese double. He would move to third on a passed ball which proved to be very costly. The next batter was Jon Jay, who hit a fly ball to left. Carl Crawford tried to throw out Freese, but the ball landed closer to the pitcher's mound than the plate. 1-0 Cardinals.

 

Now down, the Dodgers had to solve the Michael Wacha puzzle. A single in the 1st meant there was no-hitter watch, but didn't really threaten until the 6th. Kershaw led off with a single. Crawford got on with an infield single, then a throwing error advanced the runners to second and third. After Mark Ellis popped off, Adrian Gonzalez (now hitting 3rd with Hanley Ramirez scratched) was intentionally walked. With the bases loaded, Wacha had to deal with Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe. No problem.

 

Those were two of Wacha's 8 strikeouts on the day in the 6 2/3 innings he pitched. With a man on first, he gave way to Kevin Siegrist, a left handed rookie whose fastball tops out at 99. It got hairy for a minute when two wild pitches advanced the runner to 3rd, but Siegrist got pinch hitter Michael Young to pop up to end the inning.

From there it was hard throwing rookie after hard throwing rookie for St. Louis (after a quick cameo by ageless LOOGY Randy Choate). First it was Carlos Martinez, who struck out Ellis and Gonzalez in the 8th. Then it was closer Trevor Rosenthal, who was just filthy, as shown here.

 

Puig (who was an ugly 0-for-4 with 4 K's), Uribe, and Andre Ethier had no chance at all, and the Dodgers walk away with another frustrating loss. The Cardinals have a 2-0 series lead, haven't given up a run in 19 innings, and now send out Adam Wainwright in Game 3 on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers turn to Hyun Jin-Ryu, who must pitch better on Monday than he did in the NLDS.
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