All cylinders were clicking for the Cardinals on Thursday night. Adam Wainwright, who was coming off a poor start in Game 5 of the NLDS, was very good and the offense was even better scoring eight runs as they beat the Giants 8-3 in order to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum was not up to par, however. The Cardinals jumped on him early, scoring two in the first inning. The Cardinals added two more in the fifth and Lincecum was promptly pulled. RBIs from Molina, Jay, and Kozma gave the Cardinals eight runs.
Wainwright went seven innings, only giving up one run on just four hits. One of those was a solo home run from Hunter Pence in the second inning. The Giants’ only run until the ninth inning when Fernando Salas gave up a two-run homer to Pablo Sandoval.
Marco Scutaro continued his postseason success by going two-for-four despite his team losing.
As for the Cardinals; Pete Kozma had a good night (like always) going two-for-four with an RBI. The slumping bats of Yadier Molina and Matt Holliday woke up tonight as Holliday went two-for-five and Molina went two-for-four, respectively. Both had two RBIs.
The big lead allowed for the Cardinals’ bullpen to get a break and they should be ready to go for Game 5 tomorrow night at 7:00 as Lance Lynn will take on Barry Zito. The Cardinals will try to clinch a birth to their second straight World Series.
I figured I’d pass this along as well: Former Cardinal Joe Pettini will not return as Astros’ bench coach in 2013. No reason has been given yet, but I’m assuming new manager Bo Porter wants his own staff.
Also, congratulations to the Tigers and their fans for sweeping the Yankees and earning a spot in the World Series. 2006 rematch? We shall see.