NLCS Game 2 grades: Dodger bats still MIA
The Dodgers came up empty again versus Cardinal pitching. Now they're down 2-0 and headed for some bad grades.
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' 1-0 victory over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS means that the NL Central champs have two wins to go and two Adam Wainwright starts to go in this series. As for the critical Game 2, let's hand out the report card ...
|A||Trevor Rosenthal. Sure, we could focus on Michael Wacha's gem or the pitching staff as a whole, but let's hold up the Cardinal closer for some recognition. It was a 1-0 NLCS game in the ninth -- a "save situation" in every sense of the term -- and Rosenthal would face Juan Uribe (NLDS hero), Yasiel Puig (.312/.381/.516 vs. RHPs in 2013) and Andre Ethier (.294/.394/.460 vs. RHPs in 2013). Rosenthal struck out the side versus that tough slate and helped put the Cardinals in complete control of the series.|
|A||The box score can give Clayton Kershaw the loss, but we can give him an A. His only run allowed was unearned, and he struck out five and induced nine ground-outs in six strong innings of work. Oh, and he also went 1-for-2 at the plate.|
|B+||David Freese. He was 1-for-3 on the day, but what makes his day more impressive is that he was able to get to an otherwise dominant Clayton Kershaw for a fifth-inning double. Freese advanced to third on a passed ball, and then on Jon Jay's fly ball he tagged up and hustled home for the only run of the game.|
|C||A.J. Ellis. The Dodgers' catcher did his job at the plate, as he went 1-for-3 against tough pitching, and his one hit was a hard double in the fifth. However, his passed ball in the home half of that same inning put the eventual winning run 90 feet from home.|
|F||The Dodgers' offense, in particular. They flailed and failed again in Game 2. Not only did they fail to score a run and bat .156 for the game, but they also went 1-for-6 with RISP and struck out 13 times on the day. L.A. has now failed to plate a run in 19 straight innings against the Cardinals.|
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