The Bottom Line: Game 4 began as a pitching duel. Shelby Miller hit his spots and stifled the Dodgers for the first 5 innings, giving up only 3 hits and 0 runs; however, he ran into trouble in the the 6th, giving up 2 runs. Seth Maness relieved Miller, and Yadier Molina picked off Andre Ethier at third base, a play which was initially ruled safe that the Cardinals challenged and won.

Clayton Kershaw was absolutely dominant for the first 7 innings, limiting the Cards to a single hit. However, his struggles against the Cards in the playoffs continued as he gave up two straight singles followed by a three-run homer to Matt Adams. Kershaw’s small lapse in concentration was all the Cards needed to gain the lead for good.

Matt Holliday Rounds Runs the Bases After Blasting 3-Run Go-Ahead Home Run
Matt Adams Rounds Runs the Bases After Blasting 3-Run Go-Ahead Home Run

What’s Next: The Cards will play either the Nationals or the Giants in the NLCS, starting on Saturday, October 11.  We can expect Adam Wainwright to be well-rested and ready to take the mound then.