The Dodgers earned home field advantage, should they face the Cardinals again in the postseason, by nipping St. Louis 4-3 on Sunday night. The Dodgers blew several opportunities to widen the lead when they failed to score with men in scoring position, costing Kershaw a victory.
The Dodgers arrived at Three Rivers Stadium battered but unbowed. The ball got away from the fireball throwing Cardinals pitchers hitting Puig and Ramirez on the left hand, and Hanley on his left shoulder. Although all agreed that the pitches were not thrown to hit the batters, they were intentionally thrown to move them off the plate. Clayton Kershaw delivered a clear signal that hitting his teammates was unacceptable by drilling Matt Holliday in the thigh on his first pitch in the 4th inning. Hopefully, this will unify and inject some energy into the lately lackadaisical Dodgers.
The Pirates are well above .500 and will be another challenge to offensively challenged Dodgers.