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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2: NLDS Game 2 Recap: Notes From Thursday's Game

  1. Clayton Kershaw, 21 years old and making his first career postseason start, was very good over 6.2 IP (2 ER, 9 Hits, 4 K, 1 IBB [to A-Pu], 1 HR Allowed, 1 WP, 107 pitches - 67 for strikes).
  2. Bullpen: 2.1 IP, 0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 K, 0 BB.
  3. Andre Ethier hit his 1st career postseason HR, off of Adam Wainwright, to tie the score at 1 in the 4th inning.
  4. Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless 8th inning, retiring Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, and Ryan Ludwick. Smart move by Joe Torre to use his best reliever against the opponent's best hitters, regardless of the inning. Broxton kept the score at 2-1 Cardinals.
  5. Ronnie Belliard and Mark Loretta singled in runs in the 9th inning to complete the Dodgers' 43rd come-from-behind victory of the season.
  6. Russell Martin (Single, BB) and Rafael Furcal (Single, BB) were the only Dodgers to reach base more than once.
  7. Matt Kemp started a great relay to get Colby Rasmus at third after his run-scoring double in the 7th inning. James Loney's great cutoff of Furcal's throw home ended Rasmus's attempt at a triple.
  8. The offense was less patient than in Game One, striking out 7 times while only drawing 3 walks.
  9. Slash played the national anthem on his guitar, and George Lopez threw out the first pitch. I only caught a glimpse of it, but I saw him throw a perfect strike back on September 16th at the Manny Curtain Call Bobblehead Giveaway Day. This one, not so much.
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