10/18/2012 07:34 pm ET Updated Oct 18, 2012

Giants vs. Cardinals LIVE UPDATES: Tim Lincecum, Adam Wainwright Face Off In NLCS Game 4

San Francisco Giants
St. Louis Cardinals
National League Championship Series
Game 4
Busch Stadium
8:07 p.m. EST

That Tim Lincecum would be taking the mound for a pivotal playoff game for the San Francisco Giants wouldn't have seemed a strange thing at all before the 2012 season began. Based on Lincecum's in-season struggles (10-15 with a 5.18 ERA), however, Giants manager Bruce Bochy is taking a leap of faith by giving him the ball.

Already trailing 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, the Giants are counting on the player who had a 1.42 ERA over 6.1 innings of relief work in the NLDS as opposed to one who struggled so mightily during the 2012 campaign that he wasn't initially given a spot in the playoff rotation.

"He's a guy we want out there. He's been throwing the ball well," Bochy told The Associated Press before Game 4. "We've got to bounce back."

Even at his best, the two-time NL Cy Young winner would have his work cut out for him against this Cardinals lineup. Through nine postseason games, St. Louis is averaging more than five runs per game and has topped six runs on five occasions. Of course, the majority of that production has come with Carlos Beltran at the heart of the batting order. After suffering a knee strain early in Game 3, Beltran is not in the lineup for Game 4.

Can the Cardinals stay hot without Beltran? Will Lincecum continue his resurgence?


To bring some local flavor to our Game 4 live blog, HuffPost Sports has invited our Infographic Design Editor Chris Spurlock, who was born and raised about 30 miles west of St. Louis, to chime in on behalf of Cardinals fans and Chris Anderson, a Senior Editor at HuffPost, to represent Giants fans.

10/18/2012 11:34 PM EDT

Cards Offense

Four Cards with two hits as the team racked up 12 overall in an all-around team effort at the dish. They just kept the line moving, scoring in 4 of the 8 innings they came to bat.

10/18/2012 11:33 PM EDT

Game 4

Even if the Giants pitchers had kept this one closer, Adam Wainwright was just too good tonight. He allowed just four hits over seven and his curve was filthy.

10/18/2012 11:30 PM EDT

CS: Thanks for hanging out with us, everybody! Go Cards!

10/18/2012 11:29 PM EDT

CA: Too little too late boys, but thanks for at least putting up a couple more notches on the board. Here's hoping Zito can extend the series next game.


I just said those words.

Cards dominated this game and the Giants played too poorly to expect to win a game in the NLCS.

10/18/2012 11:27 PM EDT

Cardinals Win!

Fireworks at Busch Stadium after Pence pops out. That's a commanding 3-1 lead in the NLCS.

10/18/2012 11:27 PM EDT

CS: And...that's a winner! Three down, one to go! celebrate

10/18/2012 11:27 PM EDT

One Out To Go

Sanchez grounds out to finish off his terrible night.

10/18/2012 11:24 PM EDT

Panda Steps

Sandoval cracks a two-run homer and it's n 8-3 game.

10/18/2012 11:22 PM EDT

Back Out

Salas back on the bump. Scutaro leads off the ninth with a hit...

10/18/2012 11:19 PM EDT

CA: What a comeback this will be! Greatest ever! Scutaro will get a hit, Posey will get on base then Posey will hit a 8-run homer to tie it!

It will happen.