Final: Giants 3 Cards 0. The story of this game: the Giants came out ready and frisky, the Cards came out rusty. It's a big win for the Giants, first game on the road, and their ace did what the Dodgers' probable MVP couldn't. It will be interesting to see if Wainright recovers from a 98 pitch five innings or his rumored elbow problem gets worse.
Madison Bumgarner now holds the Major League record for consecutive shutout innings on the road in the postseason. If not for his own throwing error in the DC series at home, he might hold the overall record.
With Wainright a 20 game winner, today's pitching match-up could be construed as a draw going in. Tomorrow's may slightly favor the Cards, except that Jake Peavy for the Giants is on a roll. But it's hard to believe the Cards will have a second sloppy fielding game in a row. Whether their bats come alive is the real question. But it does seem the Giants hitters are in the zone at last, although they are still leaving lots of runners on base. Improving on that is the next step.
7:20: Going into the seventh, still 3-0. These are the innings when St. Louis is most dangerous. But Bumgarner got the 2-3-4 hitters easily in the sixth.
6:50: Wainright leaves the game in the top of the fifth. Done in by sloppy fielding and threw a lot of pitches.
6:30 p. Pacific: The Giants have the early lead, 3-0 with Bumgarner on the mound. But St. Louis is a very good come from behind team, and no lead is safe until the final out.
The Giants got to Adam Wainright with six hits so far. A couple of walks and sloppy fielding by St. Louis. Obviously Bumgarner is pitching a better game. A good sign for the Giants: Pablo Sandoval is hitting--when he drops in hits on unlikely pitches as he did today, he's on a productive roll.
What, no extra innings? Kansas City has won their second game, in Baltimore, and have yet to lose in the postseason.
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