October 08, 2009
Score and situation Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2 — Los Angeles leads series 2-0
Leading lads: Set up by Matt Holliday's(notes) unbelievable error that should have been the last out of a 2-1 Cardinals victory, Mark Loretta and Ronnie Belliard each had RBI singles to wake Dodger Stadium from its coma and push the Dodgers to a commanding lead in the series. Before his winning hit, Loretta came in 0-for-15 against Cards closer Ryan Franklin(notes), who still hasn't saved a one-run win since Sept. 5.
Head hanger: How low can Holliday hang, so to speak, after whiffing on James Loney's(notes) sinking medium fly ball to left? Looking more like Chris Duncan(notes) on defense, Holliday allowed the ball to hit off his groin and roll away, putting the tying run at second base. The error was so freaky, you had to think it would come back to haunt the Cardinals — even with two outs. It probably will haunt them for a long time.
Key stat: The Cardinals were unable to add on to their slim lead, going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position a day after both teams set a record by leaving a combined 30 runners on base.
What they're talking about: Slash playing the national anthem? George Lopez bringing the party back to late night television? Andre Ethier(notes) (above right) going deep in Dodger Stadium again? No. Holliday. And after Holliday, the colossal waste of Adam Wainwright(notes). First, the Cards blow his 20th victory in the regular season and now this. Wainwright was tough, bending curveballs over all parts of the strike zone, throwing 78 of 109 pitches for strikes. All for naught.
What they're saying:
"This series is far from over. St. Louis is a very talented team. We're going to have to keep battling as hard as we can." — Loretta