10/22/2012 06:59 pm ET Updated Oct 23, 2012

San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals LIVE UPDATES: San Francisco Wins NLCS Game 7


St. Louis Cardinals
San Francisco Giants
NLCS Game 7
AT&T Park
8:00 p.m. EST

The phrase "win or go home" has become all too familiar to both the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants, the last two World Series champions.

After quickly falling into an 0-2 hole in the Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds, the Giants won three straight elimination games on the road just to reach the NLCS. With their backs against the wall once again after falling behind the Cardinals 3-1, the Giants have won two in a row to force a decisive Game 7.

As for the Cardinals, who won last year's World Series in seven games, they've walked the tightrope to reach this point as well. The Redbirds seemed doomed to also-ran status against the Washington Nationals in the other NLDS but pulled off a stunning turnaround to set up this matchup with the Giants. Trailing by two runs and down to their last strike (twice), the Cardinals rallied back to score four runs in the ninth and beat the Nats in D.C. in Game 5. It was the biggest comeback ever in a winner-take-all postseason game, according to STATS LLC.

With the National League pennant on the line, the Cardinals will send out arguably their most consistent pitcher to the mound at AT&T Park, Kyle Loshe. The righty posted a 16-3 record in the regular season and shut down the Giants in Game 3, only allowing one earned run through 5.2 innings. The Giants will counter with ace Matt Cain, who has struggled somewhat during the postseason with a 1-2 record and 4.67 ERA.

Will San Francisco defy the odds again to clinch the pennant? Or will the Cardinals continue their magical run and return to the World Series?


To bring some local flavor to our Game 7 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.

10/23/2012 12:36 AM EDT

@ CSNBaggs :

Scutaro, asked about besting Holliday: "How you like me NOW?"

10/23/2012 12:36 AM EDT

@ MLB :

Dress like a Giant and celebrate San Francisco's trip to the #WorldSeries with authentic NL champs gear:

10/23/2012 12:36 AM EDT

@ AlexPavlovic :

Wilson on Pence's big hit: "In golf that's a two-stroke penalty."

10/23/2012 12:06 AM EDT

CS: Thanks to everyone for hanging out with us and following along. Definitely a roller coaster of a week. Props to CA and his Giants. Couldn't happen to a better fan base!

10/22/2012 11:48 PM EDT

@ AlexPavlovic :

Bochy ran out to find Scutaro, who at 36 is going to play in the World Series for first time.

10/22/2012 11:47 PM EDT

CA: Props to my counterpart CS for sticking with it through a tough game for a Cards fan. Truly represented his fans and his city in a classy way.

10/22/2012 11:45 PM EDT


@ mlbbowman :

Cardinals end their season with an infield fly.

10/22/2012 11:44 PM EDT

First Team Ever

@ AlexPavlovic :

The Giants are the first team in MLB history to win six elimination games en route to the World Series.

10/22/2012 11:43 PM EDT

@ LangoschMLB :

Several in #StLCards dugout tipping their caps to #SFGiants as they celebrate in the pouring rain.

10/22/2012 11:43 PM EDT

@ MLB :

GIANT COMEBACK: @SFGiants trounce @Cardinals 9-0 in #Game7, completing historic rally from 3-1 #NLCS deficit. @Tigers await in #WorldSeries.