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Game balls: Rating Game 310/09/2004 11:31 PM ET
By Mike Scarr / MLB.com
MLB.com is awarding "game balls" -- or, in this case, Dodger Dogs, that culinary delight of Dodger Stadium, and Arches, to represent the Cardinals as the Gateway to the West -- for performances in the 2004 National League Division Series. Five Dogs: The Works
Four Dogs: That and a cold one
Three Dogs: No onions
Two Dogs: Ketchup only
One Dog: Cold wienie Five Arches: On top of the world
Four Arches: Clear view down river
Three Arches: Walked underneath
Two Arches: Saw it in the guide book
One Arch: I thought you said, St. Paul
Jose Lima: The flamboyant right-hander delivered just what the doctor ordered for the reeling Dodgers with a shutout Saturday night. Lima scattered five singles and walked one while going as deep as five batters in only one inning. He also helped to rest a bullpen that saw seven different relievers pitch in the two losses in St. Louis. Lima had it all working, even benefiting from an umpire's call in the third to reach first on a fielder's choice.
Shawn Green: Criticized earlier in the season for his lack of power, the first baseman has positioned himself as the most valuable Dodger in this series with his third home run in the last two games. Green hit a pair Saturday night, the first to left-center off Matt Morris in the fourth and the second to right off Morris with two out in the sixth. Green also singled in the second.
Steve Finley: The center fielder got his first hit of the series and it provided the Dodgers with the early 2-0 lead. Finley delivered a two-run, two-out, broken-bat double down the left-field line off Morris.
Brent Mayne: The veteran catcher kept Lima in a good rhythm all night by calling a game that required just 109 pitches from his starter. Mayne also singled and scored in the third.
Tony Womack: The Cardinals' leadoff hitter got two singles Saturday night and stole a base. Womack was 2-for-4 on the night.
Jim Edmonds: Doing his part to provide offense from the middle of the lineup, Edmonds singled twice in four at-bats and improved to 4-for-12 in the series.
Matt Morris: The Cardinals right-hander went seven innings Saturday night in Dodger Stadium but allowed four runs and seven hits, including two homers. Morris was nearly out of a bases-loaded jam in the third but allowed the two-out double to Finley that put the Cardinals in an early hole.
Big guns: Larry Walker, Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen went a combined 0-for-12 on Saturday and 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. First, Pujols grounded to short and then Rolen struck out as the pair of sluggers failed to pick up Womack from second base in the first inning. The Cardinals' 2-3-4 hitters are 2-for-24 in the last two games with just one RBI.
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