Being on the short end of two games, the Los Angeles Dodgers know there is always more than 1 key play in any game; but it is always broken down into a few singular heroes and scapegoats. These key plays either affected the outcome, or are at least noteworthy and foreshadowing possible weaknesses and changes. In no particular order in Game 3 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals.
- Jon Jay’s defensive miscue(s) [Plural]. He didn’t read the ball off Hanley’s bat in the first very well as it fell in; he allowed a Mark Ellis ball to drop in between he and Carlos Beltran; Aj Ellis triple went off his glove in deep centerfield, and couldn’t make a tough catch on a Carl Crawford single in the 8th which resulted in another Dodgers run.
- Mark Ellis leggin out his double, when it should have been caught by either Beltran or Jay.
- Hanley Ramirez deep fly ball to right field to advance Mark Ellis to 3rd in the 4th inning. The infield then elected to play in to stop the run in a tied game, which allowed Adrian Gonzalez’s low liner to fall in over the head and behind Matt Adams at first base.
- Rookie Kolten Wong’s awareness: The Dodgers didn’t allow a run so it became a non-issue. But when Carl Crawford came home on Hanley’s flared single, pinch hitter and second base replacement Kolten Wong threw a ball from shallow right field straight to the shortstop on second base rather than home.
- Carl Crawford’s slide. Aided by Wong’s mistake, Crawford made a brilliant slide to the outside of the blocked plate and skinned the plate barely with his lead leg before the tag was applied by Yadier Molina.
- Yasiel Puig showboating. He hit a long fly ball to right. He assumed it was into the bullpen, and he threw up his hands and didn’t even begin walking to first. Once he realized it was staying in the yard he chugged it to third. I believe he would have scored an inside the park homerun had he ran hard off the bat. I wouldn’t want Puig with is inability to slide barreling in towards me for a collision at the plate. Then again, neither would I want him risking injury.
- Brian Wilson’s hold in the top of the 8th.
- Daniel Descalso’s base running error. Jon Jay flied out to shallow left field. But the only Cardinals batter to reach scoring position, Descalso, did not read the ball off the bat well, and was doubled off at second when there were two runners on with no outs.
The Dodgers were fortunate to escape with a win against Adam Wainwright, much like the Cardinals escaped with wins against Greinke and Kershaw.