Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He didn’t get the win, because Matt Honus Stan The Man Big Mac Carpenter of the Cardinals continued his drive to Cooperstown with a 2-run homer off J.P. Howell in the eighth. But Greinke was brought here to bring an imbalance of power in the postseason, and that’s what he did here, with a grouchy slider and a consistent fastball and a few consistent moments with the bat.But the Dodgers won, 3-2, when Matt Kemp smacked a 2-1 pitch from Pat Neshek into the left-field seats.“I felt like my slider was really good,” Greinke said, after sending Cardinals packing with that pitch all night. “A.J. said it was better than usual. I struck out (Jhonny) Peralta with a two-seamer in the sixth (with two Cardinals on) and that one felt pretty good.“I didn’t go in thinking I had to do a lot better because of what happened. My game plan is always to lower expectations, because I don’t want to go out there and do too much. The way our offense is playing, I think we could come back from being down by two games. The offense and the defense has been so good, and it’s like our pitching has been the weak link, which it hasn’t been all season. Brandon League got out of a situation and kept it at 2-2, and the way our offense is playing, I felt like we’re going to win.”But Greinke is also 32-12 since he joined the Dodgers in 2013, and this year he struck out 207, his most since 2009 when he won the Cy Young Award in Kansas City. And, of course, since this is the October of the full moon and the 1,000-yard stare, the Dodgers dropped all his good works down the sink.Greinke only threw 103 pitches, but he and Mattingly agreed he’d go out after seven innings.“He was done,” Mattingly said. “Usually all that running doesn’t bother guys, but you get a little amped up this time of year. It’s just a tick different than the regular season.”Beforehand, catcher A.J. Ellis was recalling Greinke’s innocuously blunt approach .Last year he asked Greinke how he would improve the Dodgers. As is typical, Greinke asked for a few minutes to think it over.When he returned, he told Ellis, “My first move would be to trade you and sign Brian McCann.”Yes, but trade Ellis for whom?“I think he said we could get a nice Double-A pitching prospect,” Ellis said.He can be just as unsparing with the media. “I hope the questions get better,” he said Friday after getting a couple of routine queries.The questions certainly got deeper Saturday as people tried to wrap their brains around what happened Friday. Kershaw’s two worst outings over the past two years have come against the Cardinals in playoff games.Ellis preferred to put all that in the archives.“I stared at the ceiling all night,” he said, “but when I woke up this morning I moved on to today.”What hurt Kershaw the most were episodes of mis-location. Aganst Jon Jay, Ellis set up down and away and Kershaw went up and away, and Jay poked the pitch into leftfield for a base hit. Against Carpenter, Ellis set up down and away again and Kershaw’s fastball started in and drifted just onto the inside corner, and Carpenter punished it for a double to right-center.“I asked Clayton how he was doing,” Mattingly said. “He said, ‘Not too good.’”But Greinke was fine.Like Kershaw, he insists on playing in both halves of the inning. In the third he showed bunt, pulled the bat back and singled to right. Dee Gordon followed wit an apparent double play that scored Ellis, but replays showed that St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong missed his attempt to tag Greinke in the baseline. So Greinke was able to score on Adrian Gonzalez’ base hit.In the fifth Greike banged out a conventional base hit. When Gordon singled for his first hit of the series, Greinke kept on chugging and slid into third head first. The Dodgers got nothing out of that, but Greinke had also been industrious in his day job, holding St. Louis hitless through the first four and one-third innings, until Wong’s hard double to right.“When you’re not an absolute out, it helps,” Greinke said. “It’s really important. Last year in this same game (Game 2 of the NLCS), Joe Kelly drove in a run against me and it really made a difference.”The caravan heads for St. Louis Sunday and Game 3 Monday, in a series that aready bulges with differences. As ghostly as this first week of October has been, this was almost mundane.A game-tying homer run by St. Louis in the top of the eighth. A game-winning home run by the Dodgers in the bottom of the eighth. No 18 innings. No exploding closers. No cleared benches.People did what they were suposed to do at Dodger Stadium Saturday night. Most of them, anyway. Particularly Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw’s tag-team partner, who, after Friday night’s carnage, extended his helping hand.He did so with arm and bat alike. He gave St. Louis two hits in seven innings and didn’t let anybody get to third base.