Hanley Ramirez, hit in the ribs by a Joe Kelly pitch in the first, was receiving treatment in the dugout and in obvious pain while the Dodgers batted.
Andre Ethier returned to the lineup with a one-out single to center. He was forced at second on an A.J. Ellis bouncer, and got up slowly after sliding into second.
Kelly got Zack Greinke on a comebacker for the third out.
Dodgers 0, Cardinals 0 (end of first):
Zack Greinke looked sharp to start it off in the bottom of the first. All his pitches seemed on the edges of the plate.
He dispatched the Cardinals in order, needing only eight pitches (six strikes).
Dodgers 0, Cardinals 0 (middle of first):
And they're under way.
The Dodgers threatened with one out when Mark Ellis singled and Hanley Ramirez was hit by a Joe Kelly pitch. Both runners advanced on a Kelly wild pitch.
But Kelly, the 25-year-old right-hander from Corona High School, struck out Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig. He actually struck out the side, having got Carl Crawford to start off the game. All were swinging.
That new Dodgers playoff roster -- the improved part still waiting to be determined -- is set with two new members of the bullpen.
Manager Don Mattingly and staff elected to leave left-handers Chris Capuano and Paco Rodriguez off the roster for the National League Championship Series, in favor of Edinson Volquez and Carlos Marmol.
Detalied explanations were not offered.
"I don't know if I really want to go into all the reasons why, but obviously, we feel like this is the best club with St. Louis, for where we're at right now," Mattingly said.
Mattingly did announce before the Friday's game that Hyun-Jin Ryu and Ricky Nolasco will be the starting pitchers for Games 3 and 4, respectively.
If Mattingly keeps Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw on normal rest, that means they would come back for Games 5 and 6. Which also means if there is a Game 7, Ryu is lined up for it. Ryu who was very shaky in his division-series start againt Atlanta. Nolasco was so shaky at the end of the season, he never did get a division series.
This is the first time the Dodgers and Cardinals have met since the 1985 NLCS, when Manager Tommy Lasorda infamously chose to pitch to Jack Clark. Maybe you remember how that turned out.
The series also features Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire in the opposite dugout from when he served in the same capacity for the Cardinals and they won thge 2011 World Series. Clearly, he knows most of their hitters, which can't hurt the L.A. cause.