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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

MLB.com: St. Louis clinches late after loss

After falling, 3-1, to the Reds on Tuesday night, the Cardinals had to wait and see if the Dodgers would lose to the Giants in order to clinch the last Wild Card spot in the National League.

They did. And the Cardinals learned that they will travel to Atlanta for a date with the Braves on Friday, playing one game to decide who will move on to the NL Division Series.

NTNgod Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:52 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. esseff Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:54 AM (#4252055)
Gotta love Dodgers-Giants. With really nothing at all to play for, Bochy managed like it was the 7th game of the World Series.
   2. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:02 AM (#4252059)
Well done, Mark Ellis.
   3. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:04 AM (#4252062)
Dammit.

Oh well - at least Frank no longer owns the team. Just going off that, it's been a good season.
   4. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:12 AM (#4252066)
Gotta love Dodgers-Giants. With really nothing at all to play for, Bochy managed like it was the 7th game of the World Series.


STL vs ATL for NL wild card this year is awesome, given what happened last year (and how they clinched the division for STL in 2006). Hopefully the GOBs wait a few years before paying them back for their generosity.

Regardless, I'll be rooting for the winner of that game for the rest of the season- here's to an NLCS in SF and a WS in Oakland!
   5. Tripon Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:16 AM (#4252068)
Want the Braves to win if only because Tony LaRussa is still a dick.
   6. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:25 AM (#4252070)
The bottom of the ninth had some great work by Scully.

I don't really care about either team and I was on the edge of my seat cursing AJ Ellis for striking out.
   7. Tripon Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:37 AM (#4252072)
AJ Ellis was the reason they were even close, he was the one who hit the two run homer to get within one.
   8. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:41 AM (#4252073)
The bottom of the ninth had some great work by Scully.


Agreed.

"I want you to take in the sounds and the pictures right now, so I'm just going to shut up."

Hawk, take notes. THAT is when you should utilize those stretches of absolute silence.

   9. zachtoma Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:58 AM (#4252077)

I don't really care about either team and I was on the edge of my seat cursing AJ Ellis for striking out.


Wouldn't have happened without those two bunt attempts, which IMO were a mistake, to start off the AB. And if your going to pinch-run Gordon for Ethier, why wait until Ellis has made out to do it? I was at the stadium and this was an absolutely thrilling game, but it was not Don Mattingly's finest hour.

PS The Dodgers, unannounced, were giving away bobbleheads left over from promo nights the last two seasons to fans entering the game, I thought that was a nice gesture. I got Clayton Kershaw.
   10. Into the Void Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:10 AM (#4252080)
Wouldn't have happened without those two bunt attempts, which IMO were a mistake, to start off the AB. And if your going to pinch-run Gordon for Ethier, why wait until Ellis has made out to do it? I was at the stadium and this was an absolutely thrilling game, but it was not Don Mattingly's finest hour.


I only watch the Dodgers when they play the Giants, but Mattingly seems to make a LOT of questionable decisions. Why on earth was Ellis (who hit a home run his last at bat) still trying to bunt with two strikes on him?
   11. zachtoma Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:11 AM (#4252081)
I wish I could tell ya man. That whole AB Elian Herrera was in the on-deck circle and I was just thinking, "you've got to be kidding me".

And that's not even touching the early hook of Capuano for Jamey f'in Wright in a must-win scenario, or the IBB to Angel Pagan to go after red-hot Marco Scutaro. If it wasn't for one or two questionable Mattingly decisions, if it wasn't for Mark Ellis' overly aggressive baserunning, if it wasn't for Matt Kemp having a bad night - they could have, probably should have, had this one.
   12. Into the Void Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:27 AM (#4252084)
Did Ellis run through a stop sign on that play? I was watching in a bar so there was no sound but I couldn't believe he went for third...he was easily out by five feet. That to me was the turning point, especially considering the double a couple of pitches later.

Edit: Or, as Grant from McCovey Chronicles put it: "I get frustrated with Bochy. Oh, boy, how I get frustrated with Bochy. But Don Mattingly is Cap'n Perspective over there in the other dugout.He put a runner on base to face Marco Scutaro. That run decided the ballgame. The game eliminated the Dodgers."
   13. zachtoma Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:10 AM (#4252088)
I didn't notice, the people behind me said that the third base coach put up a stop sign but I guess Ellis got a little carried away with the moment, it looked like a bad decision to go from the moment he rounded third - it was obvious he was going to be thrown out at least halfway to the bag.
   14. zachtoma Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:33 AM (#4252092)
And from watching the way he reacted after his strikeouts (with increasing frustration and anger), I got the distinct impression that Matt Kemp was putting entirely too much pressure on himself to Be The Guy and win the game for the team, which no doubt contributed to his bad ABs with RISP. Somebody needed to calm him down and get him to clear his head before going up there.
   15. baerga1 Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:56 AM (#4252096)
The sac bunt down by 1 in the 9th after the lead-off guy gets on base. I just could never get behind that in the absence of an epically bad hitter with spectacularly bad bench options.

And this was done with the guy who leads the team in OBP and with a base-stealer on the bench who eventually comes in and steals a base anyway. If I were a Dodger fan I would be losing my s**t right now.
   16. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 03, 2012 at 06:01 AM (#4252101)
With the billionaires buying the Dodgers, they've sure done the best thing possible for Giants fans by keeping the current "brain" trust in place.
   17. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: October 03, 2012 at 09:28 AM (#4252189)
No Pujols and very little Berkman and Carpenter, not to mention a rehab season from Wainwright. Congrats to the Cards and their fans.
   18. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 03, 2012 at 11:39 AM (#4252374)
And from watching the way he reacted after his strikeouts (with increasing frustration and anger), I got the distinct impression that Matt Kemp was putting entirely too much pressure on himself to Be The Guy and win the game for the team, which no doubt contributed to his bad ABs with RISP. Somebody needed to calm him down and get him to clear his head before going up there.


Was Kemp this way prior to this season? I don't really follow the Dodgers and even I feel like I've seen him get overly dramatic a bunch of times this season.
   19. phredbird Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:00 PM (#4252479)
Want the Braves to win if only because Tony LaRussa is still a dick.


hey now!

PS The Dodgers, unannounced, were giving away bobbleheads left over from promo nights the last two seasons to fans entering the game, I thought that was a nice gesture.


i am so glad my g.f. did not know about that. she would have grabbed as many as she could if we had been there. she doesn't collect them, she sells them on Ebay.

weird season, i must say. but my other team is still in it!

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