Sunday, October 13, 2013

Rookie Power Arms Put Cardinals up 2-0

National League Championship Series
Game 2 – Los Angeles Dodgers (0) at St. Louis Cardinals (1)
Cardinals lead series 2-0

The St. Louis Cardinals must be feeling very good about themselves as they head to Los Angeles up 2-0 in the National League Championship Series and their experienced ace, Adam Wainwright, has yet to step foot on the mound.

The Cardinals rookie power arms starred in this one as Michael Wacha tossed 6.2 innings of shutout ball and the bullpen finished off the shutout with Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal striking out the final five Dodgers to come to the plate. The Cardinals' bullpen has now pitched 9.1 innings without allowing a run in the series.

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw was predictably very good, but the Cardinals scratched across the only run they would need in the fifth as David Freese doubled and eventually scored on a John Jay sacrifice fly. Kershaw allowed just two hits across six innings. He was removed for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and finished with just 72 pitches thrown.

The Dodgers had their chances, but could not push across the big hit when they needed it. Their best chance was in the sixth when they had the bases loaded with one out. Wacha struck out Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe to end the threat, compiling eight strikeouts in all. Puig struck out four times on the afternoon.

Notes:

  • Wacha last three starts – 22.2 IP, 3W, 1 R, 7 H, 5 BB and 26 Ks
  • Rosenthal threw 14 fastballs in the outing ranging from 97 - 101 mph
  • Dodgers are 1-for-16 with RISP
  • Cardinals’ pitching has racked up 24 strikeouts for the series
  • Puig is 0-for-0 with 6 Ks and 11 runners left on base
  • The Cardinals are hitting just .134 for the series – the Dodgers .184
  • Dodgers were 47-34 at home during the regular season
  • Cardinals went 43-38 on the road during the regular season
  • For the first time in MLB postseason history, there were a pair of 1-0 games completed on the same day

Game 3 Probables (Monday)
St. Louis – Adam Wainwright
Los Angeles – Hyun-Jin Ryu

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