Yasiel Puig prematurely celebrates what was a RBI triple to right field (photo credit: Richard Mackson, USA TODAY Sports)
Back in the comfort of their own ballpark, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.
The win moves the series to 2-1 in favor of the Cardinals with the Dodgers looking for the tie on Tuesday.
Hanley Ramirez returned to the Dodger lineup despite being diagnosed with a hairline fracture in a rib on the left side of his body. Despite the injury, Ramirez managed to go 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Bouncing back from a disappointing postseason debut in the NL Division Series, Hyun-Jin Ryu gave the Dodgers seven strong innings.
Ryu held the Cardinals to three hits and didn’t allow any runs.
Following suit with games 1 and 2, another ace suffered a loss in the series. This time, the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright took home the honors.
Wainwright pitched seven innings and wasn’t hit particularly hard. Defensive lapses from Carlos Beltran helped make his night tougher than it likely should have been.
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After Adrian Gonzalez, Ramirez, and Yasiel Puig combined to go 1-for-17 in the first two games, the trio improved to 5-for-11 in Game 3.
Gonzalez drove in the Dodgers’ first run with a double to right field in the fourth inning. Puig immediately followed with a RBI triple, his first hit in the NLCS.
Prior to the triple, Puig was 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts in the series.
The fourth inning runs snapped the Dodgers’ 22-inning scoreless streak.
The Dodgers find themselves right back in the series but a loss tomorrow would quickly calm the good feelings.
Ricky Nolasco is scheduled to start Game 4, but Dodger manager Don Mattingly does have the option of sending Zack Greinke back to the mound on three days rest.
Should Mattingly opt to go with Greinke, it would be the second time this postseason that Nolasco was scratched from a scheduled start.
NLCS schedule and probables
Game 4: Tuesday, October 15, Dodger Stadium: Ricky Nolasco vs. Lance Lynn (1-1, 7.11 ERA) 5:00 p.m. PDT.
*Game 5: Wednesday, October 16, Dodger Stadium: 1:00 P.M. PDT.
*Game 6: Friday, October 18, Busch Stadium: 5:30 p.m. PDT.
*Game 7: Saturday, October 19, Busch Stadium: 5:30 p.m. PDT.
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