Mattingly tried to force the issue in the eighth inning. But Mattingly's managerial impatience came back to bite him and a Dodgers team that was favored to win the National League Championship Series opener Friday night. Don Mattingly has taken to the tone set by Mark Walter, Magic Johnson, Stan Kasten and Ned Colletti. He went for the jugular in the top of the eighth inning, pulling cleanup hitter Adrian Gonzalez for a pinch-runner, and that decision allowed the Cardinals to twice take the bat out of Hanley Ramirez's hands en route to a 3-2 victory in 13 high-wire innings. Roll the dice often enough, you're going to get burned. Nobody takes chances like the Dodgers of 2012 and '13, and not every risk taken can turn out like the $42 million investment in Yasiel Puig or the decision to start Clayton Kershaw on three days' rest to finish off the Division Series. He takes chances in the dugout just like the money guys do in assembling the roster, and it's as much fun to watch as it is to debate.