2014 NLDS Heating Up

ATTPark2014The National League Divisional Series certainly hasn’t been lacking in excitement.  After Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants visited Pittsburgh and defeated the Pirates in the NL Wildcard game, they have continued their winning ways on the road by taking the first two games in Washington.  Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals have split the first two games of their series 1-1 as they head to St. Louis for Game 3.

In Washington, the Giants got out to an early 3-0 lead against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals in Game 1.  Bryce Harper and Asdrubal Cabrera both homered in the seventh inning to cut the lead to one, but Santiago Casilla closed the door for Jake Peavy and the Giants won Game 1 with the score of 3-2. It looked as though the Nationals would tie the series in Game 2 as Jordan Zimmerman was immaculate through eight innings and entered the ninth with a 1-0 lead thanks to an RBI single by Anthony Rendon in the third inning. But Zimmerman allowed a few baserunners before being pulled with one to go in favor of Drew Storen. Storen ultimately gave up a game-tying double to Pablo Sandoval and the game was sent to extras.  It went all the way until the 18th inning when Brandon Belt blasted a Tanner Roark pitch into the right field seats to give the Giants the lead. Hunter Strickland held the Nationals scoreless in the bottom half of the inning and the Giants stole Game 2 away from the Nats.

Game 3 will take place today with Doug Fister on the mound for Washington, facing off against Bumgarner. Nationals vs. SF Giants tickets are currently available for as low as $102 on TicketCity. If San Francisco get the victory to win the series, it will be $102 well spent for Giants fans.

In the other series, Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright toed the rubber in what was expected to be a classic pitcher’s duel. However, Wainwright was knocked around early, giving up eleven hits and six innings, while ailing to get out of the fifth inning.  Kershaw was in cruise control through six innings, having only given up two runs on solo shots from Randal Grichuk and Matt Carpenter. But the seventh inning proved to be his undoing as Matt Adams and John Jay both had RBI singles to make it 6-4 before Matt Carpenter hit a bases clearing double to take the lead 7-6.  After a walk to Grichuk, Matt Holliday hit a three run home run to take a 10-6 lead and the Cardinals ultimately won 10-8.

Game 2 was almost won by Carpenter again as the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead into the eighth when Carpenter hit a two run shot to tie it up.  But in the bottom of the inning, Matt Kemp hit a solo home run off Pat Neshek to take a 3-2 lead and Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save.

John Lackey will face Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 3 as both teams looks to take the advantage in the series. Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals tickets begin at just $50 for Game 3 and are even cheaper for Game 4 at only $33.  Expect that 433 to rise a bit if the Cardinals can win Game 3 and are in position to close out the series with a victory in Game 4.