Punto pickoff a low point for Dodgers in 4-2 loss

Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:06pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Very little went right for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Four against the St Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, a pickoff of Nick Punto in the seventh inning proving to be one of their lowest points of the night.

The Dodgers were trailing 4-2 when Punto doubled on a fly ball with one out but soon after, with his eyes firmly focused on the allure of third base, he was smartly picked off at second by reliever Carlos Martinez.

That inning ended when Martinez retired Carl Crawford on a groundout to first baseman Matt Adams, and there was no way back from there as the Dodgers lost 4-2 to trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.

"I was a little too aggressive there, trying to anticipate and get to third base with less than two outs," a dejected Punto said while surrounded by reporters and television cameras in the Dodgers clubhouse.

"That was a lonely place to be and that was a lonely jog off the field. It was a big play in the game, kind of put us in a bad spot and we lost a little bit of momentum.

"We've got to bounce back. We've got all our (top) pitchers in line and we'll come back and try to get a win tomorrow," Punto said of Wednesday's Game Five, also in Los Angeles. "We've got our work cut out for us. We've got to stay positive."

Asked whether he felt his pick-off by Martinez may have effectively decided Game Four, Punto replied: "Especially against that bull-pen, you can't give them any extra outs.

"The game gets short in the seventh, eighth and ninth inning with those guys. It's definitely not something I am very excited about.   Continued...