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Hyun-Jin Ryu leads Dodgers to 3-0 victory over Cardinals in Game 3

October 14, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu celebrates his final strikeout during the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Monday.
Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu celebrates his final strikeout during the… (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles…)

Truth is, the Dodgers could not be certain what to expect when Hyun-Jin Ryu took the mound to start Game 3. Not after his disastrous previous outing in the playoffs, and then there was the concern he was hiding an injury.

They just knew they needed a strong start from Ryu to keep the Dodgers from looking at an 0-3 hole in the National League Championship Series.

Ryu not only gave them a strong outing, he gave them the outing of his life, holding the Cardinals scoreless in his seven innings as the Dodgers took Game 3 with a 3-0 victory Monday at Dodger Stadium to get back in the series.

Ryu no-hit the Cardinals through the first four innings, and gave up only three hits on the night. He struck out four and walked one.

BOX SCORE: Dodgers 3, Cardinals 0

This was a long way from the left-hander who was chased after three innings in his divisional start against the Atlanta Braves.

The victory leaves the Dodgers down two games to one in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is scheduled Tuesday here at 5 p.m. PT.

The Dodgers got a lift when Hanley Ramirez (cracked rib) and Andre Ethier (ankle) gutted out injuries to return to the lineup.

The Dodgers scored twice off Adam Wainwright in the second on a RBI double by Adrian Gonzalez and RBI triple by Yasiel Puig. They added one more in the ninth on a run-scoring single by Ramirez.

Here is an inning-by-inning recap of Game 3 of the NLCS:

Dodgers 3, Cardinals 0 (final):

Kenley Jansen picked up the save and completed the shutout, retiring the Cardinals in order.

The Cards finished with just three hits.

Dodgers 3, Cardinals 0 (end of eighth):

The Dodgers added one more against the Cardinals' bullpen. Carl Crawford singled with one out and the Cardinals went to reliever Seth Maness. Mark Ellis singled Crawford to second and then Hanley Ramirez dunked a little bloop hit in shallow center.

Crawford, showing some Yasiel Puig in him, rounded third and head home as second baseman Kolten Wong fielded the ball and fired to relay man Daniel Descalso. He threw a strike to the plate, but Crawford just slid under Yadier Molina's tag.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 0 (middle of eighth):

Brian Wilson took over for Hyun-Jin Ryu to start the inning and immediately gave up a leadoff single to Jon Jay. One of those nervous Wilson outings?

Nope, Wilson got the next three consecutive Cardinals, including two looking at called strike threes.

The Dodgers now have it set up for Kenley Jansen to save it in the ninth.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 0 (end of seventh):

Things are moving at pretty crisp clip right now. Yasiel Puig picked up a leadoff single, but was erased on a double play. A.J. Ellis then quickly bounced out to third and it was on to the eighth.

Brian Wilson has come in to relieve Hyun-Jin Ryu. He went seven outstanding innings, holding the Cardinals scoreless on three hits and a walk, striking out four.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 0 (middle of seventh):

The Cards got a one-out single from Yadier Molina, center-fielder Andre Ethier just short-hopping the ball. A completely healthy Ethier probably get the ball.

Daniel Descalso bounced to Adrian Gonzalez, who fired to second for the force. Manager Don Mattingly made a visit to Hyun-Jin Ryu, but left hm in to face Matt Adams. Ryu made it look wise, striking out Adams.

Ryu, however, is at 108 pitches and the Dodgers have pitchers up in the bullpen, so that's likely it for the left-hander. All he's done is hold the Cardinals scoreless for seven innings on three hits.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 0 (end of sixth):

Adam Wainwright quickly retired the Dodgers in order.

Through six innings, Wainwright has thrown 81 pitches (52 strikes)  and Hyun-Jin Ryu 87 (55 strikes).

It was announced that Cardinals third baseman David Freese left the game in the fifth with right calf tightness. He's joins the ever-popular day-to-day list.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 0 (middle of sixth):

Hyun-Jin Ryu was back in control, retiring the Cardinals in order.

Through his six innings, he has allowed two hits and a walk.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 0 (end of fifth):

The Dodgers' new offensive strategy: hit it to center-fielder Jon Jay.

This time A.J. Ellis tripled off the glove of Jay. That's right tripled. He sat on the base awhile, looking quiet exhausted. It matched the number of triples he hit all season.

The Dodgers, however, were unable to capitalize on the leadoff triple. Adam Wainwright the next three consecutive Dodgers.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 0 (middle of fifth):

David Freese broke up Hyun-Jin Ryu's no-hit bid with a leadoff single. Yasiel Puig made a diving attempt but could not quite glove the ball. Freese, however, apparently hurt himself in a swing during his at-bat. After Matt Adams singled, Daniel Descalso pinch ran for Freese at second.

That left two on with no outs, but when Jon Hay his a soft liner to shallow left, Descalso broke for third. Which was a very bad idea.

Carl Crawford, who has very good speed, easily tracked the ball down and threw to second to double up Ddscalso.

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