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Adam Wainwright good, Hyun-Jin Ryu better as Cards fall in Game 3

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) -- On most nights giving up just two runs in seven innings would be enough for a victory.  But in this hitting starved NLCS between the Dodgers and Cardinals, it's not.

"(Wainwright) kept us in the game.  He gave up only two runs," catcher Yadier Molina said after the Cardinals 3-0 in Game 3 cut their series lead to just 2-1.

"We didn't hit.  That's the bottom line, we didn't hit," Molina added. "Hopefully (in Game 4) we come out ready to hit."

No, the Cards did not.  They managed just four hits total in nine innings, and just three off Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, who dominated them for seven frames himself.

"He was just spotting his pitches," Matt Adams said of Ryu. "The command of his fastball, his change up and his slider were really good. He just made some really good pitches."

Offense has been a major challenge for the Cards this series.  Their .143 team batting average in the first two games is the lowest ever for a team that won both.  And going 4-30 overall in Game 3 won't help those numbers either. 

Why is this happening to the Cards all of a sudden?  Is it a poor approach at the plate?  Or is it just really good pitching on the Dodgers end?

"It's just the pitching," Adams said. "We're going about it the same way. We're going up there grinding out at-bats. They're just making good pitches."

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