In a crazy back and forth game in which the Giants cobbled and lucked together runs while the Cards blasted homers, it was that third homer off Giants relievers in the ninth that won the second game of the series for St. Louis, 5-4.
This is the vulnerability for the Giants--though they've won two postseason games with timely homers, those two are the only home runs they've hit. It was the failure of their relief pitching that started their midseason slide.
But the Cards may well have lost an important player in their catcher and best hitter Molina, who left the game with a leg injury. There's still question also about their top pitcher's ability to go in a game that is now definitely on the schedule, the fifth.
The Giants had several opportunities to win this one, and it seemed they were destined to, when down to their last strike in the ninth they scored on an improbable play, a wild pitch in which the runner scored from second base to re-tie the game. But with the bases loaded, notorious bad ball hitter Pablo Sandoval was impatient, and grounded weakly to the pitcher when he might well have worked a walk for the lead.
Now the series is tied, going back to San Francisco, with the Cards getting their mojo back and the Giants a little wobbly. Still, they made a game of it tonight, and some of their bats showed a little more pop. Despite the wild pitch, several outstanding Cardinal fielding plays kept the Giants in check.
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