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Congratulate Los Angeles pinch hitter Mark Loretta for his game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning that propelled the Dodgers to a 3-2 win in Game Two of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. Thank Dodgers manager Joe Torre for his perfect timing in inserting utility infielder Loretta in the ninth inning, despite his horrible 0-for-15 history against Cardinals All-Star closer Ryan Franklin. Applaud Torre for sending Juan Pierre in the game as a pinch runner for James Loney earlier in the inning, as PierreÆs speed was essential in scoring the game-tying run from second base on Ronnie BelliardÆs single to shallow center field. Shower third baseman Casey Blake with praise for battling back from a 1-2 count to draw a two-out walk and sustain the ...

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