Dodgers Got Something Huge That’s Easily Overlooked

Source: Steve Dilbeck, Los Angeles Times

Dodgers_Zack_Greinke_2013Sometimes it happens so early in a game that you tend to forget about it, or at least overlook it.

The Los Angeles Dodgers rallied with four home runs to win Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday, every blow big. They staved off elimination, moved on to St. Louis.

But something big happened in the first inning, something fairly remarkable.

The Dodgers had sent out their other ace, Zack Greinke, in a game they absolutely had to win. And the first three Cardinals he faced reached base.

It was an opportunity to break open the game early, to rattle Greinke. Except he seemed less rattled than baffled.

“It was more like a look of bewilderment,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. “How did the bases get loaded? I gave up two flares and walked [Carlos] Beltran. But he kind of got rid of that quickly.”