6:07 PM ET, October 10, 2009
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Neel: Out Of Nowhere
The Dodgers hadn't seen much of Vicente Padilla since picking him up after he was released by Texas. But he was everything they needed Saturday night against the Cards, writes Eric Neel. Story
The Dodgers haven't even let their opponents get settled in during the last two National League Division Series. Los Angeles has taken control from the get-go in both series.
• Vicente Padilla pitched 7 scoreless innings for the Dodgers as they swept the series. It was Padilla's first career postseason start, and he became the first Dodgers hurler to throw 7 scoreless innings, allowing four or fewer hits, in a postseason game since Orel Hershiser in the 1988 World Series.
• Andre Ethier and Manny Ramirez both went 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs. Ethier was 6 for 12 in the series with 2 HR, 3 RBIs and 4 runs.
• The Dodgers were 1-12 in their first 13 NLDS games before last season, losing all four series. They have swept the past two NLDS series, including the Cubs last fall.
• It's the first time the Dodgers are appearing in back-to-back NLCS since 1977-78 (they won both series vs. Philadelphia and lost both World Series to the Yankees).
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Matt Morris, who pitched for five Cardinals postseason teams, threw out the ceremonial first pitch with Chris Carpenter on the receiving end. ... Attendance of 47,296 was the largest at 4-year-old Busch Stadium. ... Cardinals 3B DeRosa played for the Cubs last year and has been on the wrong end of Dodgers first-round sweeps the last two years.
|1st||M Ramirez doubled to deep center, M Kemp scored.||1||0|
|3rd||A Ethier homered to right, R Furcal scored.||3||0|
|4th||R Furcal singled to left, R Belliard scored.||4||0|
|7th||M Ramirez singled to left, A Ethier scored.||5||0|
|8th||A Pujols singled to right, J Lugo scored.||5||1|
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|Stadium||Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO|
|Attendance||47,296 (107.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||57 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mike Everitt, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Tony Randazzo|