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Ryan Vogelsong pitches Giants past Cards and into a Game 7

Oct 21, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

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The Giants got to Chris Carpenter early and took advantage of one of the best performances of Ryan Vogelsong‘s career to win 6-1 in Sunday night’s Game 6 and send the NLCS to a decisive Game 7 on Monday.

Vogelsong retired 14 of the first 15 batters he faced and struck out a career-high nine in his gem. He ended up allowing one run and four hits over seven innings.

The Giants got to Carpenter right away in the first, with Marco Scutaro walking, advancing to third on Pablo Sandoval‘s double and then scoring on Buster Posey‘s groundout.

The remaining four runs off Carpenter came in the second. Brandon Belt tripled to open the frame. Carpenter rebounded to strike out Gregor Blanco, but then the decision was made to walk Brandon Crawford ahead of Vogelsong, potentially setting up an inning-ending double play. Instead, shortstop Pete Kozma booted Vogelsong’s grounder, scoring a run and setting up the big inning. After Angel Pagan struck out, Scutaro and Sandoval both collected hits, resulting in three unearned runs for Carpenter.

Monday’s Game 7 will feature Kyle Lohse and Matt Cain in a rematch of Game 3. The Cardinals won that one, 3-1, in St. Louis. Lohse is 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his three postseason starts, while Cain is 1-2 with a 4.67 ERA.

  1. sailcat54 - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    The Giants take the series into the final game! Cain will pitch tomorrow and if the Giants bring their bats with them, they’re going to win! Go Giants!

  2. 49ersgiants4life - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Amazing series what is with these two teams playing their best baseball when they are a game away from being eliminated tomorrow they are both in the same situation it is going to be a helluva game

  3. royalsfaninfargo - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Nothing better than a Game 7!

  4. mrredlegz - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    My love for the Reds is slowly being overtaken by my hatred of the Cardinals.

    GO GIANTS!

    • highhorse666 - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:24 AM

      Hope the Giants can finish them off for you tomorrow. As a Giants fan, the Cardinals are more or less red Dodgers.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      NL Central SELL OUT!

  5. vincecully - Oct 22, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    Fans who remember him from Japan say: good job Vogel-san!

  6. gostlcards5 - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Vogelsong has been awesome in both his starts. Not much else to say really. He is a big reason why a lot of Cards hitters are in the low .200’s for the series (him and their bullpen, which is pretty darn good). Should be a barn-burner tonight!

  7. dirtydrew - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    The Cardinals better have a hard hat and a packed lunch . It’s gonna be a long night…tonight Big Game Matt Cain will be dealing.

    • gostlcards5 - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      I wouldn’t necessarily say that. St Louis hit Cain pretty well in Gm 3. (Note: However, I am not holding my breath, because even though his last 3 or 4 starts haven’t been great, the dude is a beast!)

  8. materialman80 - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    No question this guy pitched the game of his life for the Giants. St. Louis looked tired and the pitching staff is worn down no question. As a Cardinal fan I want to see them win and get to the Series, but Detroit is rested and cruised through the playoffs. I suspect I won’t like the outcome of that series if they make it.

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