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Dodgers Advance, Sweep Cardinals

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am shocked that the Dodgers swept the Cardinals in the NLDS. I thought this was going to go down to the fifth and deciding game, instead the Dodgers took care of business quickly and are sitting in the driver’s seat as they await the winner of the Phillies and Rockies series.

Game 1 

The Dodgers jumped on Carpenter early with a 2 run homer courtesy of Matt Kemp. Dodgers starter Randy Wolf had some trouble, giving up 2 runs while throwing 82 pitches in only 3.2 innings. But their bullpen of Weaver, Belisario, Kuo, Sherrill, and Broxton pitched 5.1 innings giving up only 1 run on 6 hits.  

Game 2

The Cardinals wasted a gem by Adam Wainwright. The potential Cy Young award winner pitched 8 strong innings while giving up only 1 run on 3 hits and striking out 7. The Dodgers couldn’t get anything going against Wainwright, but their bats came alive once they got into the Cardinals bullpen. Matt Holliday’s error sparked a two out rally for the Dodgers. Ronnie Belliard singled up the middle to tie the game at 2. Then pinch hitter Mark Loretta provided the game winning walk off hit, dumping a single into left-center, and just like that the series went from being tied at 1-1 to the Dodgers taking a commanding 2-0 series lead.

Game 3

Newly added Vicente Padilla pitched surprisingly well, shutting out the Cardinal’s offense over 7 innings. The Cardinal’s starter Joel Pineiro pitched a disappointing 4 innings, giving up 7 hits and 4 runs. The Dodger’s high-powered offense put up 12 hits against Cardinals pitching with 9 of the hits coming from a combination of Furcal, Kemp, Ethier, and Ramirez (top of the lineup). Jonathan Broxton got the final 4 outs of the game and the Dodgers swept the Cardinals and are moving on to the NLCS.

  1. Sneaky Pete
    October 11, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Sweet blog man, I agree with you about this series. I was shocked that it didn’t go at least 4 games. The Cards have a lot of questions to answer in the off-season. Will LaRussa come back? Can they sign Holliday? What about DeRosa? They’ll definitely be the favorite in the Central next year, but I think they’ll come back to pack quite a bit. As far as the Dodgers, I think they have a huge advantage over the Phillies or Rockies. They still have at least two more games to play, while the Dodgers can sit back and rest. That’s why I think they’re the favorite to go to the World Series.

    • October 12, 2009 at 8:01 AM

      I couldn’t agree with you more. I thought the Cradinals pitching would be the difference in the series but instead it was basically a non-factor. I think the Cardinals have to do everything they can to bring LaRussa back next year, not only because he is one of the best managers in the game, but he comes in a package with Dave Duncan, who in my opinion is the best pitching coach in the majors. As for the Dodgers, I agree that they are sitting in the driver’s seat right now and look like the team to beat in the NL.

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