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Dodgers bullpen falters in 4-2 loss to Cardinals

Dodgers bullpen falters in 4-2 loss to Cardinals

To protect a one-run lead in the eighth inning Sunday night, the Dodgers turned to … Juan Nicasio? Nicasio was a starting pitcher for the overwhelming majority of his previous four seasons. He was acquired in the off-season to be a long reliever. So it wasn't entirely surprising when the St. Louis Cardinals scored three runs in the inning to send the Dodgers to a 4-2 defeat, their third loss in the four-game series at Dodger Stadium. Why Nicasio? "He's been throwing the ball best for us, really, late in the game," Manager Don Mattingly said. In other words, Mattingly had no other options. He was back to where he was last fall. The much-maligned...