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Dodgers shutout Cardinals in Game 3 NLCS
LOS ANGELES, California (USA) - With strong pitching, Los Angeles Dodgers shutout St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 on Monday-evening (October 14) in front of almost 54,000 spectators in the huge Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers lost the first two games in St. Louis, but now made it a 2-1 standing in the National League Championship Series.

Dodger-starter Hyun-jin Ryu allowed only one player to reach base in the first four innings. The Taiwanese lefthander walked Carlos Beltran with one out in the first inning, but then retired eleven batters in a row, including three strikeouts. In the top of the fifth inning, with a 2-0 lead, Ryu's No-Hitter ended when David Freese led off with a single. While Freese injured his leg, he stayed in the game, then advanced when Matt Adams also singled. But then, Freese was replaced by pinch-runner Daniel Descalso. A double play and flyout then ended in inning.

The Dodgers were held scoreless in the first three innings by Adam Wainwright. The righthander only gave up a 2-out single to Hanley Ramirez in the first at bat. Ramirez was in the starting line-up, despite a hairline fracture in a rib. He sustained the injury last Friday in Game 1 when he was hit by a pitch by Joe Kelly. Ramirez remained in the game, which lasted 13 innings, but was unable to play the next day in Game 2.

...Hanley Ramirez in the semi-final...
...of the WBC vs. Netherlands...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
In March of this year, Ramirez played for the National Team of the Dominican Republic, which won the World Baseball Classic. In the semi-final of the WBC, Ramirez went 1-for-3 and walked against the Netherlands. In that game, Ramirez hit a lead-off single in the sixth inning off of Tom Stuifbergen, but was left behind.

In the fourth inning, Wainwright gave up a lead-off double to Mark Ellis, who then scored on an one-out double by Adrian Gonzalez. The latter advanced to third base on a grounder by Andre Ethier, then scored when Yasiel Puig followed with a triple.

In the bottom of the 5th, it appeared the Dodgers would score another run, as A.J. Ellis led off with a triple. But he stranded at third base, as two groundouts and a strikeout followed.

After both teams were retired in order in the sixth inning, Yadier Molina singled for the Cards with one out in the top of the 7th, but was forced out. For the Dodgers, Puig led off the bottom of the 7th with a single, but the Cuban was eliminated in a double play.

Hyun-jin Ryu gave up only three basehits in seven innings, then was relieved by Brian Wilson in the eighth at bat. 'The Beard' gave up a lead-off single to Jon Jay, but then struckout pinch-hitter Kolten Wong. Next, Adron Chambers, also a pinch-hitter, hit a force play-grounder, then Wilson struckout Matt Carpenter to end the inning.

Moments later, Los Angeles added an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th. Kevin Siegrist, who took over for Adam Wainwright, gave up an one-out single to Carl Crawford and was replaced by Seth Maness. He gave up back-to-back singles to Mark Ellis and Hanley Ramirez, which brought in Crawford and made it 3-0.

Closer Kenley Jansen then took the mound for the Dodgers in the top of the ninth inning. The Dutch righthander Jansen, who like Ramirez participated in the World Baseball Classic, first got Carlos Beltran to pop-up. Then, Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina grounded out to end the inning and the game. Jansen earned a save and the Dodgers had won their first game of the NLCS after having lost the first two in St. Louis.

(October 14)

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