Dodgers are hurtin' for certain

Andre Ethier of the Dodgers strikes out to end Game 2 of the NLCS, much to the delight of Cardinals...

Andre Ethier of the Dodgers strikes out to end Game 2 of the NLCS, much to the delight of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. Game 3 goes tonight in Los Angeles. (Getty)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:57 PM ET

LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers are continuing to feel the pain.

The pain from being down two games to none in their best-of-seven NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals and the pain felt by two of the main cogs in their offence — Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier.

Both Ramirez, their shortstop, and Ethier, centre field, were not able to perform in Saturday’s stunning 1-0 Cardinals victory.

Ramirez was out with bruised ribs courtesy of being hit in that area in Friday’s loss by starter Joe Kelly. Ethier, meanwhile, has missed close to a month with a sore left ankle but played in centre for the first time since Sept. 13 in Friday’s 13-inning epic and had it flare up again.

Without the two, and especially Ramirez who has been hot lately, the Los Angeles lineup doesn’t have much sting, especially with rookie Yasiel Puig looking dazed and confused by the St. Louis pitching. In the two games, he’s 0-for-10

with six punchouts.


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