Monday, December 3, 2012

NLCS Game 4: "Gunned Down"

GAME 4 - Sportsman Park
Dodgers 7, Cardinals 6
Sutton vs Jaster

Heading into the bottom of the 7th LA held a firm 3 run lead.  Rookie sensation Don Sutton,
who gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the 2nd settled down with 4 scoreless innings in a row.  An uncharacteristic error by gold glove first baseman Wes Parker on a Tim McCarver slow roller put the lead off runner aboard for the Cardinals.  Curt Flood singled and took second as McCarver went from 1st to 3rd and the throw missed the cutoff man.  John Buchek slammed a double off the left centerfield wall to make it 6-5.  Three batters later pinch hitter Tito Francona would tie the game with a sac fly to center.  Heading into the 9th Larry Hughes began his second inning of relief work for the Redbirds.  All looked good as leadoff man Maury Wills lined out to Flood in center and the geriatric Jim Gilliam looked at a called strike 3.  Tommy Davis hit a 2 hopper to short that Buchek tried to field on the short hop, but unfortunately booted.  Davis saw the ball get away from Buchek and never stopped hustling into second.  Davis' hustle would pay huge dividends as the ever clutch Lou Johnson would deliver a line drive single to center to put LA up 7-6.  Phil Regan, entering his 3rd inning in relief of Sutton, got Buchek to pop out to third to lead off the bottom of the 9th.  He was not so lucky when Alex Johnson hit a gapper between both Davis-es in left center that turned into a stand up triple.  Julian Javier, who hit a solo blast in the 9th yesterday, tried to lift one deep so Johnson could tag up and score the tying run.  Javier got the ball in the air, but not far enough to make it a sure thing.  Lou Johnson caught the ball in full stride toward the plate and uncorked a one hop throw that nestled neatly in Roseboro's glove just in time to slap the tag on the hard charging Johnson for the third and final out.
Dodgers lead series 3-1

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