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Dodgers see it slip away in 13th, drop opener to Cardinals, 3-2

October 11, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis is tagged out at the plate by Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina after trying to score on a flyout by Michael Young in the 10th inning Friday night.
Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis is tagged out at the plate by Cardinals… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

It was taunt and tense. It was a sweaty, nervous little game.

And ultimately, one extremely frustrating game for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers lost the opener of the National League Championship Series, 3-2 in 13 innings, on Friday night when Carlos Beltran singled off Kenley Jansen to finally drive in the winning run in St. Louis.

The Dodgers had chances all night to win the game but left 11 runners on base, hit into three double plays and had the potential winning run thrown out at the plate in the 10th inning.

Beltran was the Cardinal who threw out Mark Ellis at the plate. And Beltran was the Cardinal who doubled in the St. Louis' two runs in the third inning to tie the score only minutes after the Dodgers took the lead on Juan Uribe's two-run single.

It wasn’t the best managerial game for Don Mattingly, who saw most every move he tried backfire, including sacrifice bunts and running for Adrian Gonzalez in the eighth.

Game 2 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday.

Friday’s game took 4 hours 47 minutes and saw the Dodgers waste an excellent start by Zack Greinke.

An inning-by-inning recap of Game 1 of the NLCS:

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2 (final in 13):

Carlos Beltran, king of St. Louis.

Beltran, who had driven in the Cardinals' only other two runs, singled in the game winner in the bottom of the 13th inning Friday off Kenley Jansen.

After Daniel Descaiso singled and Matt Carpenter walked off rookie Chris Withrow, the Dodgers called on Jansen.

Beltran singled on a 3-1 pitch and the Cardinals had won the opener of the National League Championship Series.

The game took four hours and 47 minutes.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 2 (middle of 13th):

Three up, three down for the Dodgers.

My kingdom for a run. It's after midnight in St. Louis

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 2 (end of 12th):

At this rate, they have have to delay the start of Game 2.

The Dodgers went to rookie reliever Chris Withrow in the bottom of the 12th, and he retired the side in order. The Cardinals have only five hits through 12 innings.

Withrow will likely be the first Dodgers reliever asked to throw more than one inning.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 2 (middle of 12th):

How many opportunities can the Dodgers waste?

Lance Lynn became the sixth St. Louis reliever, and immediately got into trouble by giving up a leadoff single to Carl Crawford.

It was time for Don Mattingly's favorite frustrating move -- he had Mark Ellis sacifice bunt Crawford to second.

Which naturally, immediately took the bat out of the hands of their best hitter. Hanley Ramirez was walked intentionally.

That brought up Michael Young, who promptely bounced into a double play.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 2 (end of 11th):

Neither team may ever score again.

After both scored a pair of runs in the third, it's been all zeros.

J.P. Howell took over for the Dodgers in the bottom of the 11th and gave up a leadoff single to Matt Carpenter. But then, as this game is going, retired the next three Cardinals.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 2 (middle of 11th):

The Cardinals went into the series with a nine-man bullpen, and they may need the all.

John Axford became the fifth Cardinals reliever in the 11th, but he pitched just like all the rest, almost teasing the Dodgers.

The Dodgers got a two-out walk to Andre Etheir and single from A.J. Ellis, but Axford struck out pinch-hitter, and ex-Cardinal, Nick Punto.

The Dodgers are living dangeriously. They've now left 10 men on base and are 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 2 (end of 10):

Relax, Ronald Belisario took over to start the inning, and lo and behold, it was the good Belisario.

Belisario retired the side in order on just seven pitches.

The last  time the Dodgers were in extra innings in the postseason was in the 1996 division series against the Braves.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 2 (middle of 10th):

First Carlos Beltran strikes with the bat, then with the glove.

The Dodgers got a one-out triple from Mark Ellis, which brought up Michael Young, who had replaced Adrian Gonzalez after he left for a pinch runner in the eighth.

Young lifted a fly ball, but only to medium right-center. Center-fielder Jon Jay backed off the ball so Beltran could make the catch and fire home. And fire he did.

Ellis broke on the catch and sprinted for home, but Beltran's throw was a bullet right on line to catcher Yadier Molina, who tagged out Ellis and held onto the ball after a solid collision at the plate.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 2 (end of nine):

The first game of the NLCS will be decided in extra innings after the Cardinals missed out on a chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth.

Brian Wilson took over for Zack Greinke to start the ninth. He retired Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday, but then walked Matt Adams and Yadier Molina.

Jon Jay worked the count full, but then got the biggest out of the night thus far, when Jay flied out to center. It took Wilson 28 pitches to get out of the inning.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 2 (middle of ninth):

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