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Dodgers' season ends in 9-0 loss to Cardinals in Game 6 of NLCS

October 18, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw delivers a pitch during the first inning of Game 6 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw delivers a pitch during the first inning… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

The Dodgers could have imagined a lot of scenarios for their Game 6 Friday night and never come up with the one that actually unfolded.

Not in the wildest dreams or darkest nightmares. Clayton Kershaw almost melting. Their defense unable to make a play. Their hitting less than rumor.

There will be no 25th anniversary return to the World Series for the Dodgers, not after they were embarrassed 9-0 by the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium to clinch the National League Championship Series.

The Cardinals did more little things, made less mistakes, were more clutch at the plate and out-pitched the Dodgers. And whether you believe the Dodgers have the more talented roster, it was clear by the time the series was over, they were not the better team.

The Dodgers finished with two hits, two errors, three wild pitches, a pair of wild throws from right-fielder Yasiel Puig and numerous missed plays.

And for the second consecutive game, the Dodgers could not come close to figuring out rookie right-hander Michael Wacha. The 22-year-old held them scoreless on just two hits in his seven innings.

All while Kershaw was experiencing his worst outing in years. It must have felt like an out-of-body experience for the left-hander.

His demise began with an 11-pitch at-bat to Matt Carpenter, the second baseman fouling off eight pitches in the third before doubling into the right-field corner.

The floodgates cracked and then burst open. Kershaw was clearly not in top form, and the Cardinals capitalized without mercy.

They scored four times in the third, Kershaw needing 48 pitches to get out of the inning. They scored five more times in a disastrous fifth inning and suspense had taken an early night off.

Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier all could have been in top health and it wouldn’t have mattered on this night.

Here is an inning-by-inning recap of Game 6 of the NLCS:

Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0 (middle of ninth, final):

Closer Trevor Rosenthal completed the mercy killing, retiring the Dodgers in order to set off a party under the arch.

The Dodgers did not get a hit after the sixth. Their last 12 were retired in order. After seeing their ace go down, they had no fight left.

Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0 (end of eighth):

They're in official countdown mode now. Carlos Marmol allowed one hit in his second inning, but otherwise the Cardinals went down quickly. They do have places to be.

Three outs and the Dodgers can start planning for their season opener in Sydney.

Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0 (middle of eighth):

Carlos Martinez, yet another of the Cardinals' cast of hard-throwing youngsters, took over to start the eight. And not to change things up, he retired the Dodgers in order.

The Dodgers are down to their final three outs.

Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0 (end of seventh):

Even the Cardinals seem in a hurry to get this over now.

Right-hander Carlos Marmol took over in the seventh and retired the Cardinals in order.

Rookie Michael Wacha, 22, was pinch hit for, so he's done for the night. The Dodgers never did score against him in two NLCS starts. In his seven scoreless innings, he allowed only two hits and a walk, with five strikeouts.

He did not allow the Dodgers to score in 13 2/3 innings of his two series victories over Clayton Kershaw.

Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0 (middle of seventh):

Meanwhile, Michael Wacha -- who was pitching in college a year ago -- continues to look like a quickly budding ace.

He retired the Dodgers in order again has allowed only two hits and a walk through seven.

Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0 (end of sixth):

Chris Withrow became the Dodgers' fourth pitcher. He gave up a one-out walk and single to David Freese, but got Shane Robinson to hit into a double play.

It's all over but the moaning.

Clayton Kershaw's final line: four-plus innings, seven runs (earned), 10 hits, two walks and five strikeouts.

Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0 (middle of sixth):

Well, the Dodgers did get a hit, A.J. Ellis' double off the center-field wall doubling their night's total.

Yet despite the leadoff double, the Dodgers could never advance him from second. Michael Wacha retired the next three Dodgers in order.

There are no mercy killings in baseball.

Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0 (end of fifth):

It's all getting away from the Dodgers, inning by inning, play by play. And there will be no Clayton Kershaw to save them.

It's a blowout now, all that's left is for the Cardinals to get the last 12 outs.

Yadier Molina opened what would prove a nightmare inning with a hit to Yasiel Puig in right field. Puig seemed to take his eye off the ball, almost like he was thinking of trying to throw out Molina at first. Instead, the ball ricocheted off his glove for his second error and Molina took second.

David Freese singled Molina to third, and Matt Adams doubled him home.

And in the biggest outing of his career, Kershaw was lifted in the fourth inning for the first time all season.

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