Lynn to get nod in Game 4 vs. Dodgers

News-DemocratOctober 12, 2013 

— Lance Lynn will start Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers' Ricky Nolasco, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny disclosed Saturday.

Lynn got the win with two scoreless relief innings in Game 1 on Friday. Carlos Beltran's RBI single against Kenley Jansen in the 13th inning gave the Cardinals' a 3-2 victory.

Matheny said Lynn's effort Friday amounted to a bullpen session in preparation for a start.

"The intent was to try to get Lance a couple of innings," Matheny said. "It would be similar to what his side day would be, and then we'd have Shelby (Miller) ready to go as long as we needed him to go."

Miller, a 15-game winner in the regular season, also was a candidate to get the start. But the Cardinals have been loathe to use Miller in the postseason; he appeared in one game in the NL Division Series and threw one inning.

Lynn said he wasn't certain Friday that he would be declared the Game 4 starter, adding that he would be ready for the opportunity.

"I'm glad I was able to get in the game situation and get going there," Lynn said of pitching Friday. "I think that will help me going forward into starting Game 4."

Red-hot bullpen

In the first two games of the series, the Cardinals' bullpen, which includes five rookies, has thrown 9 1/3 innings and allowed no runs on three hits, walked four (two intentional) and struck out 11.

"We kind of pride ourselves on that," said the bullpen's elder statesman, left-hander Randy Choate, 38. "Obviously, that's our job. But for these young guys to keep going out there and having the success that they've had ...

"Most of them were starters and have been turned relievers. For them to have that kind of confidence and to go in there and do the jobs that they've been doing is quite impressive."

Rookie Kevin Siegrist said success breeds success.

"You just want to take off where the guy before you leaves off," he said. "Just go in there and make pitches."

Ramirez sidelined

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was scratched less than one hour before the game with bruised ribs. Ramirez was hit by a pitch from Joe Kelly in the first inning of Game 1.

X-ray takes on Ramirez before the game were negative.

"I don't know what that means at this point," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, unsure whether Ramirez will be able to play in Game 3. "It's going to be if he can move and be able to swing the bat. Then he would be able to play. So I don't know where that's going to go."

The Dodgers are 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position in the first two games of the series, and Ramirez's absence won't help. Ramirez has been Los Angeles' No. 3 hitter and he batted .345 in the regular season. He was even better with runners in scoring position (.368).

"It doesn't make us better, that's for sure," Mattingly said. "I've talked about this guy so much. I feel like he's one of the best players in the game. We go from not only losing Hanley, but we really don't have 'Dre (Andre Ethier), either. So our lineup changes when you take a couple of guys out."

Ethier, battling a sore ankle, started Friday but could only pinch-hit Saturday. He struck out against Trevor Rosenthal to end the game.

Contact reporter David Wilhelm at dwilhelm@bnd.com or 239-2665.

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