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Adam Wainwright was outstanding Thursday, continuing his prolific 2009 season with eight innings of one run baseball. Manager Tony LaRussa went to 1.92 ERA closer Ryan Franklin who got the job done getting two quick outs followed by a soft fly ball that left fielder Matt Holliday couldn’t handle.
What looked like a 1-1 series quickly unraveled as the Dodgers rallied to win the game. The Cardinals look like they are done now, having run out their best two pitchers and losing both games. They turn to 15 game winner Joel Pineiro at home but will have to win out either without their aces or with them on short rest. LA looks to be in great shape despite not having a normal Chad Billingsley or a healthy Hiroki Kuroda.
The Red Sox looked lifeless in Anaheim, getting shutout by Angels’ ace John Lackey. They couldn’t muster any semblance of offense and their pitching couldn’t attack the strike zone against Bobby Abreu, who was on base four times.
Ramon Ramirez looked terrible in relief but Daniel Bard looked great. Boston looks to steal one Friday night with Josh Beckett on the hill. Jered Weaver goes for Anaheim, he’s allowed just one earned run in two starts against the Red Sox, and has pitched exceptionally well at home, where he’s 9-3 with a 2.90 ERA. He has seemed to draw an extraordinary amount of strength from pitching in front of the Nick Adenhart visage on the center field wall. Certainly emotions will be running high for him and it will be up to Victor Martinez and Dustin Pedroia to get Boston’s offense going. David Ortiz looked ancient and Kevin Youkilis seemed to be pressing in game one.
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