It's Loretta Day In Dodgertown.
Just 5 hits and 3 runs in 9 innings. Not impressive? Perhaps. But it's all the Dodgertown needs to set its citizens into an uproar.
It was a 2-1 lead by the Cardinals since the seventh inning. The Dodgers had to make the most of the bottom of the ninth. And it was a dramatic one having two outs.
With two runners in scoring positions, Ronnie Belliard singled on a fly ball to centre field. Juan Pierre scored to tie the game while Casey Blake moved to second base.
With Russell Martin batting, Blake and Belliard advanced caused by Yadier Molina's passed ball. It would be an easy position, especially for Casey Blake, to earn a run if the next at bat results to at least an RBI.
The next batter, Mark Loretta, the seventh of the Dodgers, was pinch hitting for George Sherrill. The first pitch was a 92MPH 4-seam fastball that Loretta fouled. Next was another 92MPH 4-seam fastball. This time it was a line drive to shallow centre field, and a cheer drive in the Dodger Stadium.
Loretta hit a walk-off single win for the LA Dodgers, 3-2, against the St. Louis Cardinals. It's the Dodgers' second win of the National League Division Series.
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