The pitch that hit Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez in the ribs in the Game 1 NLCS may keep him out of Game 3. The Dodgers need Ramirez’s bat when they face Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers’ offense is struggling, and they might have to face St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright without their top hitter in Game 3 of the NL championship series.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez had a CT scan on his painful left ribs Sunday, and the results weren’t available by mid-afternoon. He got hit by a pitch from Joe Kelly in the opener but stayed in to play all 13 innings of a 3-2 loss Friday.
Ramirez was a late scratch for Game 2, a 1-0 defeat that left Los Angeles trailing the Cardinals 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.
He rested Sunday, along with the rest of the team, which didn’t hit on the field.
“We’re just working on that, taking the pain away so I can go,” Ramirez said. “Even if it’s cracked or something, I’m going to be able to get out there if we can take the pain away. It feels the same, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to remain positive for tomorrow.”
Ramirez had a .638 slugging percentage during the regular season, and the Dodgers desperately need an offensive boost to get back into the best-of-seven series. They batted .184 in the first two games on the road, including 1 for 16 (.063) with runners in scoring position.
“We’ve talked about it. It always comes back to, can you get that key out and can you get the key hit?” manager Don Mattingly said. “It doesn’t get any easier for us with Wainwright. He seems like he’s always coming up big.”
Tigers’ Sanchez sets strikeouts mark
The 12 strikeouts by Anibal Sanchez in the AL championship series opener were the most by a pitcher before he allowed a hit in a postseason game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The previous record was held by Sandy Koufax, who struck out 10 Yankees before Elston Howard hit a two-out single in the fifth inning the first game of the 1963 World Series.
Shutout at home a first for Sox in postseason
Detroit’s 1-0 victory was the first time the Red Sox had been shut out at home in the postseason since the Cubs’ Hippo Vaughn beat Sad Sam Jones 3-0 in Game 5 of the 1918 World Series.
It was the sixth time in all that Boston had been shut out in the postseason. Sanchez is the first Tigers pitcher to strike out four in an inning.
The one hit — Daniel Nava’s ninth-inning single — in the 1-0 loss to Detroitwas a low for the Red Sox in 157 postseason games.
The 17 strikeouts for Red Sox batters tied the postseason record for a nine-inning game, set when St. Louis’ Bob Gibson fanned 17 Tigers batters in the 1968 World Series opener and matched by Houston in the first game of the 1998 NL division series against San Diego.