LOS ANGELES -- There is nothing the Dodgers can do about Friday night. So even though the 10-9 loss in Game 1 is still a fresh and open wound - one Dodgers player told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports the loss was like "a sledgehammer to the nuts" - the only thing the team can do is focus on Game 2 against the Cardinals, on Saturday.
"A win's a win and a loss is a loss. No matter how you slice it, no matter how you get there, when you lose it feels look you got kicked in the gut, and if it's 3‑2, if it's 1‑0, if it's 10‑9, but you just have to respond," manager Don Mattingly said on Friday. "It's one game, it's over, you've got to come back ready to play."
That chance comes Saturday night, with Zack Greinke on the mound facing Lance Lynn of the Cardinals.
The one positive the Dodgers can try to carry with them into Game 2 is their offense, which put together four different two-run rallies in Game 1 and nearly a fifth, scoring one run in the ninth but leaving the tying run 90 feet away.
Lynn is 5-1 with a 4.05 ERA against the Dodgers in seven career games, including the postseason, with 38 strikeouts and 15 walks in 33⅓ innings. His two starts this year against the Dodgers couldn't have been more different.
The Dodgers tattooed Lynn for seven runs on nine hits in just two innings on June 28 in Los Angeles, but then three weeks later he struck out nine while allowing only two runs in six innings in a win in St. Louis.
Greinke in his career is 10-5 with a 3.39 ERA against the Cardinals, and since joining the Dodgers is 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA in five starts including the postseason against them, with 31 strikeouts and eight walks in 34 innings. But even with the success against the Cardinals, Greinke felt he has been somewhat lucky against St. Louis.
"Some of the games I've done good, though they have hit the ball hard a lot and just somehow got outs. I don't really know how to explain it," Greinke said. "They always hit a lot of line drives and in the playoffs they had bases loaded, no outs and got out of it somehow in the first inning.
"Then had a couple balls hit really hard to center and just because they're center, just stayed up in the air long enough that it didn't hurt too much. It wasn't like I pitched bad, but I think I got a little lucky along those lines also with some big situations a ball being hit at someone. They're really a tough team all the way, because they just are real deep through their lineup.
The Cardinals have also knocked out Greinke in his first two playoff appearances, the NLDS in both 2011 (with Milwaukee) and 2013. Greinke would rather not make it three times.
"Iit's the playoffs, so there's plenty of motivation," Greinke explained. "But the Cardinals have knocked me out both of the times in the playoffs, so it's not any more motivation, but it's kind of tough losing to the same team twice."
Time: 6:37 p.m. PT
TV: MLB Network