Monday, October 7, 2013

Hanley Ramirez Leads Dodgers to 13-6 Rout and 2-1 Edge in NLDS over Atlanta

Players of the Day for Sunnday, October 6, 2013

American League

There were no AL games on Sunday. Both divisional series resume Monday, as the Tigers host the A's at 1:07 pm EDT and Boston plays at Tampa Bay at 6:07 pm EDT.

National League

Scoring 10 runs in the first four innings, the LA Dodgers took a two-games-to-one lead in their National League divisional series with a 13-6 thumping of the Atlanta Braves.

Hanley Ramirez
The Dodgers trailed briefly when the Braves scored a pair of runs in the first inning, but LA came back with four in the bottom of the second. Atlanta re-tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the third, but after that, it was all Dodgers, scoring two in the third and four more in the fourth.

Hanley Ramirez continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple, three runs and two RBI. The LA shortstop is batting a crisp .538 through three games, with a home run, triple, four doubles and eight RBI.

Rookie Yasiel Puig also had a big game, rapping out three singles in four at-bats, scoring three runs and driving in a pair. Carl Crawford smashed a three-run homer in the fourth, and also singled, driving in three and scoring three times.

Neither starting pitcher was particularly effective. Atlanta's Julio Teheran gave up eight hits and six runs in 2 2/3 innings, while LA's Hyun-Jin Ryu lasted just three innings, allowing four runs on six hits.

The series resumes Monday at 9:37 pm EDT, the Dodgers looking to close out the series at home.

In the other NLDS, Pittsburgh took a 2-1 edge in the best-of-five series with a 5-3 win over St. Louis. Pedro Alvarez broke a 3-3 tie with a single in the eighth inning, followed by a single to left by catcher Russell Martin, which added an insurance run for the Pirates.

Pittsburgh will be looking to close out the series at home when they hook up with the Cardinals in game four, Monday at 3:07 pm EDT.

Today's Trivia: Who threw more complete games, Juan Marichal or Ferguson Jenkins?

Yesterday's Answer: While Mickey Mantle was quick, he was no match for Willie Mays in steals. Mays finished his career with 338 stolen bases; Mantle swiped 153.

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