The Cardinals never have lost a
playoff series to the Dodgers (
With a two-run, ninth-inning rally Thursday, the Dodgers moved out to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five National League Division Series.
The Cardinals beat
If they lose this series, the Cardinals long will look back at a magnificent starting performance by Adam Wainwright that was wasted. Wainwright retired the first 11 men in a row and held the Dodgers to one run over eight innings.
"The quality of that was so good, it's almost impossible to describe," manager Tony La Russa said. "He had very little to work with. Outstanding."
Returning home for Game 3, the Cardinals will turn to Joel Pineiro, who had a 2.87 ERA at Busch Stadium this year.
DODGERS 3, CARDINALS 2: LF Matt Holliday, who had accounted for one of the Cardinals' two runs with a second-inning homer off LHP Clayton Kershaw, lost 1B James Loney's liner to left in the lights with two out and nobody on in the ninth. RHP Ryan Franklin then blew the save and the game.
Notes and Quotes
--The Cardinals have used all of their regular relievers except for RHP Jason Motte in the first two games of the NL Division Series. RHP Ryan Franklin, who blew the save Thursday in his first postseason action, has had just one save since Sept. 5.
--CF Colby Rasmus, who hit .160 against left-handers this season and didn't start against a number of them, had two hits, including a double, off Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw on Thursday. Rasmus is 3-for-6 in the NL Division Series.
--RHP Chris Carpenter was voted the NL Comeback Player of the Year, it was announced Monday. The award was voted on by the 30 beat writers for mlb.com.
--The Cardinals went into the postseason with nobody on the disabled list or even hurt at all. Trainer Barry Weinberg said, "We have no physical issues. Everybody has no limitations, or nobody has any limitations."
BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- Intentional walks for 1B Albert Pujols in the first two games of the series.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We have another opportunity. (But) it was a tough loss, very tough loss. Very disappointing." -- Manager Tony La Russa, after the Cardinals blew Game 2 in the ninth inning.
--RHP Adam Wainwright, but for his
team's ninth-inning breakdown, would have scored his 13th road win out of 14
decisions. Wainwright allowed the Dodgers to have more than one runner on base
in just the eighth inning, as
--3B Mark DeRosa, who wound up the regular season going 2-for-22, has had five hits in the first two games of the division series. That is an indication that his left wrist, which has a torn tendon, isn't bothering him much right now.
--INF Julio Lugo, who didn't start Game 1, played second base and had a single and a double in Game 2. But 2B Skip Schumaker, who reached base four times in the opener, will be back in the lineup for Game 3 on Saturday.
No injured players.