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Game Recap: Cards Lose 3-2 to Dodgers in Thriller

The Bottom Line: The Cards lost 3-2 to the Dodgers of Game 2 of the NLDS which makes each team 1-1 in the series.  Lance Lynn (0-0, 3.00) went six innings, surrendering 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks.  The Dodgers struck first in the 3rd inning with an RBI groundout by Dee Gordon.  The play was initially ruled a double play, but video review showed that Kolten Wong tagged the runner without the ball in his glove.  This led to an Adrian Gonzalez RBI single later in the inning.  Zack Greinke (0-0, 0.00) exhibited a dominating performance as the Cards only got two hits off of him in seven innings.  Matt Carpenter came through again with a two-run bomb in the top of the eighth to tie the game at 2-2.  But a homer by Matt Kemp in the bottom of the eighth off of Pat Neshek (0-1, 5.4) closed the deal as the Dodgers evened the series.

True Baseball: Saturday night’s game was a great display of what playoff baseball is all about.  After a wild night on Friday, Saturday night was much more of a pitcher’s duel.  Zack Greinke owned the Cards for seven innings. Lance Lynn also had a solid outing, but the Dodgers looked to be in control of the game.  That is, until Matt Carpenter struck again with a game-tying homer.  He has been a game-changer in the playoffs throughout his short career.  Carpenter has been a leader and a backbone of the Cards’ lineup with his ability to change the momentum of the game in an instant.  Matt Kemp, however, also has that ability and was able to put the Dodgers on top.

I’m not really sure why Mike Matheny thought putting Neshek in to pitch against Kemp was a good idea.  Neshek, an all star this season, had an outstanding season.  But he has struggled in his last few appearances, giving up a loss in and a blown save in his last two outings, respectively.

What’s Next?: John Lackey (0-0, -.–) will pitch against Jin Ryu (0-0, -.–) on Monday (8:30 CT) at Busch Stadium in Game 3 of the NLDS.

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