NLDS Game 4 Recap: Kershaw Stumbles In Seventh, Dodgers Eliminated

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Ellis worked a two-out walk in the fifth and Kershaw followed it with a good at-bat that ended with a single to left field. Gordon continued to scuttle at the plate as he grounded out to end the inning on the first pitch he saw. Jon Jay drew a walk with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and appeared to be picked off but was called safe, which Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn’t challenge.

Kershaw needed just three pitches to retire Kolten Wong, who got his bat on a ball that bounced out in front of the plate and Ellis popped up from his stance to throw to first. Replay of the ball Wong hit showed it deflected off his bat and then knee while he was still in the batter’s box. By rule, it should have been a foul ball but there was no challenge or review.

Crawford and Gonzalez hit back-to-back singles in the sixth to give the Dodgers runners on the corners with no outs. Kemp hit into a double play that scored Crawford and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead. Miller hit Ramirez with a pitch and walked Ethier, who was the final batter Miller faced.

Clayton Kershaw

Seth Maness took over for the Cardinals and gave up an RBI single to Juan Uribe. With runners on the corners, Maness bounced a pitch in the dirt and Ethier began to break home before making his way back to third. Molina fired the ball down to third base and Carpenter applied the tag. The initial ruling was Ethier made it back in time, but replay overturned the call.

The Cardinals opened up the seventh inning with consecutive singles that were nearly outs and Kershaw’s 102nd pitch of the game was sent over the right-field fence for a Matt Adams go-ahead, three-run home run. Mattingly came out to get Kershaw after the home run and replaced him with Pedro Baez, who finished out the inning.

Baez then recorded two outs in the eighth before giving way to Brandon League, who retired Holliday on one pitch to end the inning. Trevor Rosenthal walked Ellis with one out and that brought in Yasiel Puig as a pinch-runner with Justin Turner pinch-hitting. Turner got up in the count 2-0, had a borderline first strike called on him before eventually striking out.

Gordon extended the inning with a single to left only to have Crawford ground out on the first pitch he saw.

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