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Dodgers short hops
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10/11/2004 1:21 AM ET
Dodgers short hops
Pitching woes too much for LA to overcome
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LOS ANGELES -- The season ended with a thud and a 6-2 loss to the Cardinals in Game 4 on Sunday at Dodger Stadium, but at least the Dodgers won a postseason game for the first time since 1988. That, of course, is small solace.

Otherwise, they were outscored 22-12, and their starting pitching, which had been so problematic the last month of the season, almost entirely abandoned them, save for Jose Lima's shutout Saturday night in Game 3.

Perhaps that was to be expected with manager Jim Tracy reduced to a three-man playoff rotation and once-stellar Japanese starters Hideo Nomo and Kazuhisa Ishii left off the postseason roster.

Stats all, folks
A look at the key statistics from the Dodgers-Cardinals NLDS.

Team stats

Digits The Deal
ERA 5.82 got one stellar start from Lima, then over and out
BA .198 never had more than two runs in any single inning all series
Runs 12 seven solo homers just didn't cut it against potent Cards offense
Errors 3 Ross throwing miscue only position-player error in the series

Who was hot?

Player Digits The Deal
Jayson Werth .286 (4-for-14), 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB second homer puts him in class of elite postseason L.A. sluggers

Who was not?

Player Digits The Deal
Odalis Perez 0-1, 14.40 ERA ERA actually dropped nearly six runs after Game 1 disaster
Wilson Alvarez 0-1, 10.80 ERA couldn't staunch bleeding and allowed big blow to Albert Pujols
Eric Gagne 0-0, 0.00, 0 SV reduced to two mopup appearances in the entire series

Behind the numbers
Perez was worse than even his ERA indicates. On Sunday, he threw 60 pitches in 2 1/3 innings, only 29 of them for strikes. He walked five and started off only five of the 14 hitters he faced with strikes.

Frozen moment
Right fielder Milton Bradley skidded to the turf trying to one-hand Tony Womack's dying-quail blooper with one out and Jeff Suppan on first in the fourth inning. Television replays showed that Bradley clearly caught the ball and had possession before dropping it. Suppan was caught in between on the call and was forced at second. It hardly mattered when Larry Walker singled and Pujols hit his series-winning three-run homer anyway.

Slick move
Tracy didn't wait this time to yank Perez in the third inning before the game got out of hand like he did in Game 1. After walking two and allowing an RBI single, Tracy went to Alvarez with runners on first and second and one out. The left-handed reliever whiffed Jim Edmonds and Reggie Sanders, ending the inning and keeping the Dodgers well within striking distance at the time, trailing 2-1.

Werth his weight
Werth became the fourth Dodger in history and second in this series to hit two homers or more in the NLDS. The others are Shawn Green (a club-record three in this series) and Eric Karros (1995) and Steve Garvey (1981), who had two each. Werth hit his first homer of the series in the first inning of Game 2 on Thursday night in St. Louis.

Love those homers
The seven Dodgers homers in the series are their most since hitting a club-record eight in the 1978 NL Championship Series, a four-game Dodgers victory over the Phillies in what was then a best-of-five series. The Dodgers went on to belt six more in a six-game losing effort to the Yankees in the World Series.

Last word
"You get to a playoff series and when it's over there's a finality to it. It gives you a little punch in the gut."
-- Tracy

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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