If the San Francisco Giants are going to pull even with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2012 NLCS then they'll have to do something that has proven quite difficult. The Giants will have to defeat the Cards in a game started by Chris Carpenter. The Redbirds send the veteran right-hander, and his 10-2 career postseason record, to the hill at AT&T Park for Game 2.
San Francisco Giants
St. Louis Cardinals
NLCS Game 2
AT&T Park, San Francisco
8:00 p.m. EST
Aiming to level the best-of-seven NLCS at one win apiece, the Giants turn the ball over to Ryan Vogelsong, a 35-year-old righty who put together a 21-game streak of quality starts during the regular season. Vogelsong will have his hands full attempting to hold down Carlos Beltran and the rest of a Cardinals lineup that has scored six or more runs in five of seven games played since the end of the regular season.
Both teams have already generated stirring comebacks in the 2012 postseason and entered the NLCS riding high. If St. Louis can sweep the opening two games in San Francisco then they would seem to be on their way to the pennant. Of course, the Cincinnati Reds might have a few notes of caution when it comes to 2-0 leads over these Giants.
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Romo strikes out Kozma swinging and the San Francisco Giants win Game 2 to tie the NLCS at 1 apiece. 7-1 SF GIANTS.
Descalso hits a grounder to 2B Theriot and they get the force out at 2nd. Almost every ground ball with a man on first has been hit too soft for the Giants D to turn the double play. 2 outs with Kozma up.
Freese flies out to right fielder Hunter Pence and now he is 0-for-4 on the night. 1 out with Descalso up. Molina on first.
Molina singles up the middle. He's 1-4 in Game 2.
Romo in to pitch the ninth. Molina leads off.
|@ JasonGoch : Seriously, how r #MLB #umpires so bad? They r 5 feet away from basic little league calls and miss them..just missed easy tag out at 1st base|
|@ mlbbowman : Once again, do we keep the "human element" just to make sure there is at least a chance some calls are clearly wrong?|
|@ georgeofman : I used to be against instant replay. I've Mae a less than grandual transformation. How can umpires miss plays like this? UNREAL!|
|@ BillShaikin : And another blown call for umpires.|
|@ CardinalTales : Yes, the call sucked. So do 3,148,267 other ones this season. The solution is better umpires, not instant replay.|
Buster Posey strikes out swinging to end the inning. 7-1 Giants heading to the ninth.
Rzepczynski comes in to replace Miller and gets Sandoval to fly out. Pagan tags to third.
|@ JaymeeSireCSN : Scutaro just left the clubhouse wearing street clothes and walking down the hall with one of the trainers.|
Theriot hits a line drive to center field and drives in two more runs. Blanco and Huff score to make it 7-1 Giants. Crowd is going wild. Miller's pitch was right down the middle.
|@ SI_PhilTaylor : #Cards figure good things happen when they let popups drop in short LF. #sorrybraves|
Pagan singles to center but Blanco didn't get a good jump and stayed at third. Bases loaded for Ryan Theriot. 1 out.
Huff hit a high fly ball down the third base line and Freese looked like he was going to run it down and make the catch but he never made an attempt and the ball landed fair. Bizarre error on Freese. Maybe he thought someone else was going to grab it? Men on first and second with one out.
|@ TheCityGFX : Wew, but good thing there are NFL replacement refs umping tonights game otherwise Blanco would be out #SFGiants|
Brandon Crawford drove one to the right-center cap but Jon Jay chased it down and made the diving/backhanded catch. Blanco rounded second and tried getting all the way back to first. Allen Craig got the ball away from the bag and tried to make a diving tag on Blanco. The umpire ruled him safe though.
Replay shows that Craig did in fact get the tag on his jersey and he should have been called out. The umpires discussed and still called him safe.
Miller walks Blanco. Man on first with no outs.
Brian Wilson playing air piano off his teammates head. Still the funniest player in baseball in my opinion. Oh and his finger nails are painted orange and black.
Allen Craig flies out to center fielder Pagan for the third out. San Francisco needs just three more outs and the NLCS will be tied.
Matt Holliday hits another grounder to Theriot. 2 outs. Theriot has been getting a lot of balls hit his way. Hasn't been in the game for very long.
Beltran swings at the second pitch and flies out to 2B Theriot for the first out of the eighth inning. Holliday up. Here come the boos.
Miller strikes out Blanco looking with a nasty changeup. End of the inning. Miller goes 1-2-3.
|@ miklasz : Cardinals last three postseason starts: 10 IP ... 18 hits ... 11 xbh... 12 earned runs... 10.80 ERA.|
Pence swings at the second pitch and flies out to 2B Descalso for the second out. Two quick outs for Miller.
Miller strikes Posey out looking with a 95-mph fastball right at the knees. Great pitch.