Let's Not Forget the Pitching
Four hours after the Dodgers improbable 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals to give them a stout 2-0 lead in the National League Divisional Series, euphoria is still running through my veins.
The Cardinals had the game won. All left fielder Matt Holliday needed to do was make sure James Loney’s line drive got into his glove. Instead he lost the ball which hit him right in the gut. Whether he lost it in the lights or in the swirling white rally towels the fans were waving around is irrelevant.
The fact is Holliday committed the only error of the game, and in the postseason you never want to give the opposition extra outs. You especially don’t want to commit an error with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning when you are leading by one run.
Of course that would set the stage for the biggest postseason comeback since Kirk Gibson’s home run in game one of the 1988 World Series.
Having said that, it could be easy to overlook the great pitching performances turned in by the starters in this game.
First of all hats off to Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw. While his quotes from Wednesday’s press conference left a pit of anxiety in my stomach (“I’m nervous every time I pitch”) he passed his first postseason test with flying colors going 6 2/3 innings giving up only two runs on nine hits and an intentional walk with four strikeouts.
He got into some jams but was able to minimize the damage.