Oct 12, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese (23) reacts after scoring a run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the National League Championship Series baseball game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers vs. Cardinals final score: St. Louis wins 1-0 in pitching duel

With Clayton Kershaw and Michael Wacha on the mound, fans watching the 2013 National League Championship Series were expecting a pitching duel. They got just that.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was his near perfect self, though a lone mistake proved to be fatal as a fifth inning sacrifice fly ended up becoming the game deciding run.

After Cardinals third baseman David Freese doubled to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning, he moved to third base on a passed ball moments later. Kershaw was hopeful to get out of the jam, striking out slugger Matt Adams for the innings first out, though the next batter, Jon Jay was not be denied as he sent a medium deep fly ball to left field where Carl Crawford recorded the innings second out. Crawford did make an attempt to throw home, though, the lob was quite wide and Freese scored with relative ease.

That one run would be enough for rookie starter Michael Wacha, who while not as dominating as he was in his near no-hit bid against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLDS, was still relatively flawless, throwing 6.2 innings of no-run ball. The 23-year-old did give up five hits and a walk, though struck out eight and tightroped out of the few jams he found himself in.

Helping Wacha preserve the win was the Cardinals bullpen who again, much like they did in Game 1, pitched wonderfully en route to the victory.

The St. Louis win puts heat on Los Angeles, who will now return home for Game 3, Game 4 and Game 5. At minimum, the Cardinals’ 2-0 series lead has guaranteed a return to St. Louis, if needed, as the Dodgers will be forced to win four of the next five to advance to the World Series.

Hopefully for Los Angeles, when they return home they’ll be able to pencil in both Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez to the Game 3 lineup as both starters missed Game 2 with injury.

The NLCS will have a scheduled off day on Sunday before the action starts back up in California, Monday evening.

Tags: 2013 MLB Playoffs Los Angeles Dodgers St. Louis Cardinals

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