NLDS, Game 1: Cardinals vs. Dodgers

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Cardinals-Dodgers series in Los Angeles:

Cardinals:
3B Matt Carpenter
RF Randal Grichuk
LF Matt Holliday
SS Jhonny Peralta
C Yadier Molina
1B Matt Adams
2B Pete Kozma
CF Jon Jay
SP Adam Wainwright

Mike Matheny goes with right-handed hitters Randal Grichuk and Pete Kozma against left-hander Clayton Kershaw, choosing to bench rookies Oscar Tavereas and Kolten Wong. However, lefty bats Matt Adams and Jon Jay (and Matt Carpenter) are in the lineup. Kozma starting Game 1 of the playoffs is a possibility most Cardinals fans thought ceased to exist a while back, yet here we are again.

Dodgers:
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 Clayton Kershaw

Pretty standard lineup for the Dodgers or at least a pretty standard lineup for when everyone is healthy at the same time.

Video: Cubs score run on Pirates’ appeal throw

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2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.

One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.

The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.