The Dodgers have drawn even in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals.
After Matt Carpenter hit a solo homer in the third inning to give St. Louis an early 1-0 lead, Hanley Ramirez doubled home Yasiel Puig in the top of the sixth to tie things up.
Puig had struck out in seven straight plate appearances — one shy of tying the postseason record — before he tripled into the right field corner to begin the sixth. John Lackey responded by getting Adrian Gonzalez to fly out to shallow left field and then struck out Matt Kemp swinging, but Ramirez doubled to right field to get Puig home. The Dodgers were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position tonight before Ramirez’s hit.
Lackey struck out Carl Crawford swinging to avoid any further damage, but it’s a 1-1 game as we go into the bottom of the sixth at Busch Stadium.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.