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Giants jump out to 5-0 lead over Cardinals

Oct 21, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants' Sandoval hits an RBI single off St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carpenter in the second inning during Game 6 of their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in San Francisco Reuters

Aided by a Pete Kozma error on a Ryan Vogelsong grounder, not to mention the intentional walk that came before it, the Giants built an early 5-0 lead in the second inning against Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals in Sunday night’s Game 6.

The Giants scored once on the first on a Marco Scutaro walk, a Pablo Sandoval double and a Buster Posey RBI groundout. The other four runs all came in the second.

Brandon Belt tripled to start that inning. Carpenter bounced back to fan Gregor Blanco, but then the decision was made to walk Crawford, the No. 8 hitter, and try to set up the double play with the pitcher up. Kozma committed an error, allowing one run to score. Carpenter struck out Angel Pagan afterwards for the second out, but back-to-back hits from Scutaro and Sandoval plated three runs, all of which were unearned.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, have gotten just one hitter on base in three innings against Vogelsong. That was Matt Carpenter, who replaced the injured Matt Holliday in the lineup. He walked in the first.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    St. Louis fans will hope for a repeat of game 5 against Washington. Doubt that it will happen, but it might.

  2. atfinch1984 - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Don’t know if they’ll win or not, but I think the Giants will get more runs.

  3. sailcat54 - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Presently, it is the bottom of the fifth and the Giants are ahead by 5-0. The Cards got their first hit of the game in the top half of the inning. So far, the Giants are doing well…fingers crossed!

    • sailcat54 - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      Ouch! Top of the sixth and the Cards have scored their first run. 5-1 with two out!

      • sailcat54 - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:57 PM

        Going into the bottom of the seventh and the score is still 5-1. Well done, Vogelsong! Go Giants!

      • sailcat54 - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM

        Top of the ninth, 6-1 Giants! Yow!

  4. kiopta1 - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Eager to see who my Tigers will face.

    • okwhitefalcon - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      I think your Tigers will be seeing the Giants, the Cards have been dead in the water since they let Zito off the hook early in Game 5.

      • sailcat54 - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM

        Don’t give up on the Cards, yet. They didn’t get this far by fumbling tough games. Still, I would dearly love to see the Giants face the Tigers in the WS! Go Gigantes!

      • okwhitefalcon - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:38 PM

        I just saw the writing on the wall when they couldn’t capitize when given the opportunity against Zito, going back to SF (the best atmosphere in the game IMO) wasn’t going to go well from a Cards perspective.

        Too many missed chances, too many unearned runs given up.

        I hope I’m wrong but I suspect Game 7 to be a mere formality.

      • sailcat54 - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:57 PM

        I hope you’re right.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:56 AM

        Your killing me Falcon. It’s painful. Please stop.

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