Matt Kemp is greeted by teammates and bubbles in the Dodgers’ dugout after his eighth-inning home run beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, 3-2. (John McCoy/staff photographer)
With one swing of the bat, Matt Kemp evened the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Cardinals at one game apiece. The box score is here.
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Harold Reynolds might believe the Cardinals are stealing signs, but he’s probably wrong.
In case you missed it, the Dodgers can clinch the National League West by beating the Giants today.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, in his pregame remarks to the media (above), was careful in choosing his words. After all, the Dodgers’ haven’t clinched the division just yet.
“It’s a good situation, obviously, that we’ve put ourselves in,” he said. “Anytime Clayton’s pitching, you feel pretty good.”
Giants manager Bruce Bochy seems to have embraced the possibility of losing the division with a slightly firmer handshake.
“We know it could happen,” Bochy said. “If it does, I’m not going to get caught up in what they do.”
Last year, the Dodgers celebrated the NL West title by jumping in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ pool. This year, there’s no pool in sight: Just 24 cases of beer, 204 bottles of champagne and four cases of Martinelli’s sparkling cider — MLB doesn’t allow alcohol on the field — buried in the bowels of the stadium in case the Dodgers clinch.
In light of that, Mattingly had an interesting message to his players: Restrain yourselves.
“I know it’s a rivalry but in the situation, there’s a good chance if we’re able to do this tonight you want to stay humble because you have a chance of playing (the Giants) again,” Mattingly said. “They’re a championship team. They have a chance to move forward.”
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was ejected after pitcher Justin Wilson was ejected for hitting Justin Turner with a pitch Tuesday. (Associated Press photo)
Dodgers shortstop Justin Turner
was measured but outspoken in his postgame comments tonight — not only about getting hit by a 97-mph fastball
, but the fact that he’s far from alone.
One late, important result that won’t make the early editions: The Giants (56-44) beat the Phillies in the 14th inning, so the Dodgers (56-46) are now a full game out of first place in the National League West.
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The box score is here.