• The day after the move loomed large in the Dodgers' 13-inning loss to the Cardinals, manager Don Mattingly was still answering for his decision to remove cleanup hitter Adrian Gonzalez for a pinch-runner in the eighth inning of a tie game. Matheny had a similar opportunity in the ninth and opted to leave his cleanup hitter, Matt Adams, in the game. It was one of "a whole lot of non-moves" that Matheny watched pay off in his team's 3-2 win.
Walks to Adams and Yadier Molina pushed Adams into scoring position with two out in the ninth inning. Rather than inserting Shane Robinson or Kolten Wong to pinch-run, Matheny stuck with Adams. He explained his reasoning on Saturday:
"With two outs, I just don't like the move," Matheny said. "The other part is, how many times in the last month have we seen him score on a double from first base? The guy runs better than people give him credit for. I don't really like making [those moves] if we don't absolutely have to, especially when I feel good about our offense. It's a tie game, you just anticipate he might get another at-bat, and we've seen what he's been able to do in extra innings. It could go either way."
Matheny's non-move in the third -- leaving Joe Kelly in the game instead of turning to Shelby Miller -- also paid off, as Kelly finished off the inning with minimal damage and gave the Cards three scoreless frames afterward.
• Though Kevin Siegrist warmed up a few times in Friday's extra-innings win, Matheny said he held back from using him in case a critical situation arose where the Cardinals needed to get a left-handed hitter out. With Gonzalez on the bench, the Dodgers ended the game with only two lefties (Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier ) in their lineup. Siegrist, Miller and Edward Mujica were the only Cards relievers not to enter on Friday.
• The Cardinals are scheduled to fly to Los Angeles after Saturday's game and will hold a 2 p.m. CT workout at Dodger Stadium on Sunday. It will be the Cards' first visit there since a three-game series back in May.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.