San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals Game 2: Live Score, NLCS Analysis
San Francisco evens the series 1-1 behind a solid pitching performance by Ryan Vogelsong and a breakout offensive game by the Giants lineup.
Vogelsong lasted seven innings before turning the game over to the Giants bullpen. He allowed just one run and struck out four.
Meanwhile, San Francisco struck first against Chris Carpenter on a leadoff homer by Angel Pagan to begin the Giants half of the first inning.
San Francisco then added on four runs in the fourth inning, three coming on a bases clearing single by Marco Scutaro, aided by a fielding error by Matt Holliday.
San Francisco put the game out of reach in the eighth inning with an RBI single by Ryan Theriot to score two and push the score to 7-1.
St. Louis scored their only run of the game in the second inning on an RBI double by Carpenter to score Pete Kozma.
Vogelsong earned the win and moved to 1-0 in his postseason career. Carpenter took the loss and moved to 0-1 this postseason and 10-3 for his career in postseason play.
Sergio Romo earned his second save of the postseason and first of this LCS.
Scutaro, injured on a hard slide by Matt Holliday in the first inning, left the game in the sixth inning for x-rays on his hip.
The Giants will send Matt Cain to the mound in Game 3 to take on Kyle Lohse of the Cardinals.
The series heads back to St. Louis and will resume on Wednesday with the series tied at 1-1.
Final: Giants 7 - 1 Cardinals
Great showing by Ryan Vogelsong, the bullpen and the Giants lineup tonight.
It will be Matt Cain against Kyle Lohse on Wednesday in St. Louis.
Romo strikes out Pete Kozma to end the game and even the series at 1-1.
We're headed to St. Louis tied.
Daniel Descalso grounds out to second base for the second out and the Giants fans are on their feet waving their orange rally towels.
David Freese lines out to right fielder Hunter Pence for the first out.
Freese is 0-4 on the night against the Giants.
Yadier Molina leads off the top of the ninth inning with a single off Sergio Romo.
Marc Rzepczynski comes in and works out of trouble.
The Giants will come out in the ninth inning behind Sergio Romo to close out the game and send the series back to St. Louis tied at 1-1.
Romo is 1-0 in three appearances this postseason with one save and a 2.08 ERA.
Theriot singles home a pair of runs to blow this game wide open and put it out of reach.
7-1 Giants and we're getting a new Cardinals pitcher.
Now the Giants are really threatening.
Bases loaded with just one out and Ryan Theriot coming up to the plate.
This would have been a great spot for Marco Scutaro to exact some more revenge against the Cardinals for the hard slide by Holliday in the first.
A great play followed up by a misplay. David Freese and Matt Holliday don't communicate in the outfield on that pop up and allow the ball to drop fair in left field, just inside the chalk.
Two runners on, first and second, with just one out.
San Francisco looking to add even more insurance runs.
Great play by Jon Jay.
Giants are lucky the umpires missed the tag at first, that should have been a double play.
As the Giants bat in the eighth, Sergio Romo is warming up in the bullpen in preparation to come in to close out the ninth inning.
So far the Giants bullpen continues its playoff dominance over the past two postseasons.
Jeremy Affeldt works a perfect 1-2-3 top of the eighth in his first inning of relief work tonight.
Jeremy Affeldt is in to pitch for Ryan Vogelsong.
Vogelsong lasted seven innings, allowing just one run on four hits and two walks. He struck out four batters.
It is the second solid pitching performance by Vogelsong this postseason. He pitched five innings of one run baseball against Cincinnati in the NLDS.
Shelby Miller comes in to pitch for the Cardinals in the bottom of the seventh inning and promptly retires the San Francisco Giants 1-2-3.
Miller struck out Buster Posey, got Hunter Pence to pop out to second base and Brandon Belt to strike out.
Vogelsong gets through the seventh inning.
The Giants have Santiago Casilla and Jeremy Affeldt warming up in the bullpen, indicating that Vogelsong's night might be done.
His line, should he be done for the night: 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K
Vogelsong going deep into the game opens the opportunity for the Giants to use Tim Lincecum in Game 4.
Before the game Bruce Bochy said that Lincecum starting Game 4 would depend on how much he was used tonight. At this point, it doesn't look like the Giants will need Timmy tonight.
Giants announce Scutaro is having x-rays done on his hip following the slide by Matt Holliday in the first inning.
Scutaro did not want to exit the game, but the Giants want to make sure their mid-season acquisition is able to play the remainder of the series.
Where do the Giants stand for the remainder of the season if Scutaro is not able to go?
Fernando Salas, in for Joe Kelly, works out of trouble after the lead off double by Ryan Vogelsong.
Giants fail to score and it's still 5-1 entering the top of the seventh inning.
Ryan Vogelsong does not want to be outdone by Chris Carpenter with the bat either.
Carpenter doubled earlier in the game, now Vogelsong doubles over the head of Jon Jay to lead off the inning.
Through six innings, Vogelsong has struck out three batters, walked just one and allowed only four hits on 91 pitches.
He seems to still have some gas left in the tank as his pitches are still hitting 91 MPH.
The Giants have a very steady bullpen that Bochy could look to utilize to help keep Vogelsong fresh for use later in the series as well.
Marco Scutaro, injured in the slide by Matt Holliday in the first inning, is now out of the game in the sixth inning.
Ryan Theriot replaces Scutaro at second base.
No word from the team yet what Scutaro's condition is. Hopefully this is just a precautionary move with the Giants up 5-1.
For the night, Scutaro was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Pete Kozma makes a great diving catch to rob Brandon Crawford of a hit and RBI.
At the end of five innings played, it's the Giants leading 5-1 in Game 2.
Giants are threatening again with runners on first and second and just one out against Joe Kelly and the Cardinals.
Joe Kelly in to relieve Chris Carpenter
Kelly was 5-7 with a 3.53 ERA in the regular season in 107 innings-pitched.
He has a 0.00 ERA in 3.1 IP so far this postseason.
Vogelsong escapes the threat, getting Matt Holliday to pop up to end the Cardinals half of the inning.
Through five innings, Vogelsong has now thrown 78 pitches.
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