Apparently the Dodgers had no desire whatsoever to see the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate winning the National League pennant and the World Series bid on their field on Wednesday afternoon.
Four home runs – two by Adrian Gonzalez plus one each by Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis – along with seven solid innings by Zack Greinke as he gave up two runs and two hits, saw to that in L.A’s 6-4 win before 53,183 white-towel-waving Dodger fans.
Thanks to the win, the Dodgers live to play Game Six in St. Louis on Friday, where Clayton Kershaw will take the mound in an attempt to force a winner-take-all, loser-takes-tee-times and waits-for-spring-training Game Seven.
I must be honest:
It is inspiring that the Dodgers have played as well as they have in the postseason, pushing the Cardinals to a sixth game as with Hanley Ramirez playing with a broken rib, Andre Ethier playing on one leg due to his hairline fracture, and Matt Kemp gone until 2014 due to his bad ankle…
This team, at least on offense, has been playing with one hand tied behind their back.
If Ramirez, who has played barely half the games this year, Ethier and Kemp had been healthy, the other hand would have been out, and who knows where the Dodgers would be?
Let’s face it – Skip Schumacher in the outfield and Nick Punto at shortstop are perfectly fine players, good utility men to have around and fill in where needed; they’ve done a great job of that all season.
But as far as swinging the bat is concerned, they are not Ramirez, Ethier or Kemp. And never will be as the Dodger offense suffers with Schumacher and Punto in the lineup – that’s just the truth.
It just goes to show how important pitching is. However…
The last time Kershaw pitched, he was outstanding as he only gave up one run.
The problem was, the Dodgers didn’t score any and lost.
I don’t care how good your itching is, you need to score in order to win.
And that’s exactly what the Dodgers must do in St. Louis on Friday if they are to avoid saying “Have a good winter, see you next spring” .
They were able to score six runs for Greinke on Wednesday; I’m not demanding that many runs for Kershaw in Game Six, but I am demanding a good offensive attack, hits with runners in scoring position (which has been a problem this series), and some runs to back up Kershaw’s efforts.
Can these Dodgers force a Game Seven? We’ll see…