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Cardinals defeat Giants to take commanding 3-1 lead in NLCS

Oct 18, 2012, 11:32 PM EDT

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The Cardinals are just one win away from joining the Tigers in the World Series.

Behind an excellent pitching performance from Adam Wainwright and a relentless attack from their offense, the Cardinals defeated the Giants 8-3 tonight and now own a commanding 3-1 series lead in the NLCS.

Wainwright had his curveball working tonight and limited the Giants to just four hits while striking out five and walking none. His only mistake was a solo homer by Hunter Pence in the second inning. He threw an efficient 70 out of 95 pitches for strikes before Fernando Salas pitched the final two innings.

The Giants were hoping Tim Lincecum‘s success in the bullpen would lead to a big start tonight, but it just didn’t happen. He struggled with his command in the first inning en route to giving up two runs and was knocked out of the ballgame in the fifth. The Cardinals scored two runs in the sixth and seventh innings to put the game out of reach. Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday and Jon Jay all knocked in two runs apiece.

The Giants aren’t done, but it’s tough to have much confidence going into tomorrow night. Why? Well, Barry Zito will be tasked with keeping the Giants’ season alive after giving up two runs on four hits and four walks in just 2 2/3 innings in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Reds. Madison Bumgarner, who was banished to the bullpen following his Game 1 clunker, will be there to back Zito up if he makes another early exit. Lance Lynn, who gave up four runs over 3 2/3 innings in Game 1, will try to make sure the series doesn’t make it back to San Francisco.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Great outing by Waino. I would much rather NOT go back to San Francisco. Finish it fellows!

    • historiophiliac - Oct 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      Cats love bird, Woodpecker. Keep coming.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:05 PM

        Birds drive Cats absolutely nuts.
        I am not one to count my chickens before they hatch.
        This series isn’t over by any means.
        But I gotta’ tell you Philiac…
        You better gear up for “here kitty kitty.”

  2. joecool16280 - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Joe Buck was just seen prepping Cards clubhouse for champagne celebration. Fitting that he works for Fox and their “fair and balanced” coverage.

  3. savior72 - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Can you blame him? He grew up in a broadcast booth in Busch stadium with his dad calling cards games. Relax bro, it’s not like he’s doctoring up the baseballs for the cards or anything.

  4. mungman69 - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    Cards don’t do anything wrong.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      Yep…you gotta’ have a good hand of Cards. If no cards…no hand. You might as well fold.

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