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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny: “I think a lot of times we get this ‘choir boy’ stuff on us”


NLDS Game 2 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night was free of screaming and shoving, unlike Friday’s Game 1, but heated emotions are still simmering as the best-of-five shifts to Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

“I don’t want these guys backing down,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch when asked about Friday’s benches-clearing fracas. “I think a lot of times we get this ‘choir boy’ stuff on us because we talk about doing things the right way. Part of doing things the right way and doing the right things is sticking up for yourself and for people around you.”

Yadier Molina and Adrian Gonzalez had to be separated in Game 1 after Gonzalez took issue with Adam Wainwright plunking Yasiel Puig (which came after an up-and-in pitch to Hanley Ramirez). The video:

Hanley suffered a broken rib in last year’s NLCS when he got hit by a Joe Kelly fastball and we might see more stormy (maybe even physical) exchanges if any batters get struck in St. Louis. The series is tied 1-1.

Matt Kemp homers late, sends Dodgers to NLDS Game 2 win to even the series at 1-1

Matt Kemp

The Dodgers experienced a bit of deja vu when Matt Carpenter again turned the game on its head with a game-tying two-run home run in the eighth inning. It was only a day prior when Carpenter flipped the script, giving the Cardinals a 7-6 lead with a bases-clearing double to right-center off of Clayton Kershaw.

Game 2 starter Zack Greinke had tossed seven shutout innings and took the mound to begin the eighth inning. However, manager Don Mattingly opted to play the match-up when lefty Oscar Taveras was announced as a pinch-hitter. Mattingly strode to the mound, called on southpaw reliever J.P. Howell, and took the ball from Greinke. In a span of about one minute, Taveras ripped a single down the right field line and Carpenter smashed a two-run home run to right-center to tie the game at two apiece.

Just as quickly as Carpenter turned Dodger fans’ smiles upside-down, Matt Kemp fixed the frowns with a go-ahead solo home run to lead off the bottom of the eighth against sidewinding reliever Pat Neshek. The Dodgers were held scoreless from there, giving way to flame-throwing closer Kenley Jansen for the top of the ninth.

Jansen was able to get Yadier Molina to ground out before striking out Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk consecutively to end the game, evening out the NLDS at 1-1.

The Dodgers scored their first two runs in the bottom of the third inning against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn. A.J. Ellis led off the frame with a double and moved to third on a bloop single to right field by Greinke. Ellis scored on what appeared to be a ground ball double play, but after replay review, was changed to a simple 4-3 ground out. The review helped the Dodgers, as Greinke was on second base and scored on a two-out single by Adrian Gonzalez.

Greinke was outstanding not just on the mound, but at the plate — something he’s well-known for doing. The pitcher went 2-for-3 at the plate. On the mound, the right-hander limited the Cardinals to two hits and two walks while striking out seven in seven innings.

Lynn’s performance would have been good enough to win on most nights. In six innings, he allowed seven hits, walked two, and struck out eight. Carpenter aside, the rest of the Cardinals’ lineup was 3-for-28 (.107) with one extra-base hit (a Wong double). If you’re the Cardinals, it’s hard to blame the pitching for Saturday’s loss when Carpenter was the only one doing any hitting.

Game 3 of the NLDS will take place on Monday in St. Louis as Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu will oppose Cardinals right-hander John Lackey.

Dodgers take early 2-0 lead in NLDS Game 2, benefit from reviewed tag play

Dee Gordon

The Dodgers pushed across the first run of NLDS Game 2 in the bottom of the third inning against the Cardinals against starter Lance Lynn. Catcher A.J. Ellis led off the inning with a double, and advanced to third base on Zack Greinke’s bloop single to shallow right field.

Dee Gordon went ahead 2-0, then fouled off four consecutive pitches from Lynn before grounding weakly to second baseman Kolten Wong. Wong fielded the ball and rushed towards Greinke to apply the tag before throwing the ball to first baseman Matt Adams in time to complete the double play, or so they thought.

The replay showed Wong tagging Greinke with an empty glove, as he had the baseball in his throwing hand in an attempt to hurry the throw. Manager Don Mattingly, after getting the go-ahead from bench coach Tim Wallach, asked the umpires to review the play. They did, and reversed the call based on the obvious evidence from the replay. Greinke went to second base with the Dodgers ahead 1-0. (The run scoring was never in question, as there were no outs with Gordon at the plate.)

The Dodgers took advantage of the call reversal. After Yasiel Puig struck out for the second out of the inning, Adrian Gonzalez ripped an RBI single to right-center field to score Greinke, putting the Dodgers up 2-0. Matt Kemp flied out to right field to end the inning.

We’re guessing that, even with Greinke on the mound, a two-run lead is far from comfortable for the Dodgers given what happened on Friday night.

Cardinals not expecting Yadier Molina to be punished for pushing umpire Jerry Meals

Yadier Molina

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was livid with Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez when the benches cleared in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday night. Starter Adam Wainwright had hit outfielder Yasiel Puig with a pitch, which upset the slugger, which then upset teammate Gonzalez, who in turn upset Molina.

Home plate umpire Jerry Meals attempted to split up Gonzalez and Molina, who were yelling face-to-face. Molina shoved Meals out of the way to continue the confrontation, which is a big no-no. Typically, players who push umpires receive at least a fine and sometimes a suspension.

Here’s what happened:

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals don’t expect Molina to be punished for pushing Meals. Though a fine wouldn’t be shocking, a suspension would be given how much of a ripple effect it would have on the outcome of the NLDS.

NLDS, Game 2: Cardinals vs. Dodgers lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the Cardinals-Dodgers series in Los Angeles:


3B Matt Carpenter
CF Jon Jay
LF Matt Holliday
1B Matt Adams
SS Jhonny Peralta
C Yadier Molina
2B Kolten Wong
RF Randal Grichuk
SP Lance Lynn

The Cardinals have made a few changes now that there’s a right-handed starter on the mound. Randal Grichuk has moved from the two-spot to the eight-hole; Jay has made the reverse transition. Matt Adams has moved from sixth to clean-up; Peralta has dropped from fourth to fifth; and Molina has dropped from fifth to sixth. Wong gets the start over Pete Kozma, batting seventh.


2B Dee Gordon
CF Yasiel Puig
1B Adrian Gonzalez
RF Matt Kemp
SS Hanley Ramirez
LF Carl Crawford
3B Juan Uribe
C A.J. Ellis
SP Zack Greinke

The Dodgers are going with the same exact lineup that was able to score nine runs against the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday night. Ellis had the best night of anyone in the batting order, going 4-for-5 with a two-run home run and three runs scored.