It was a great day all around for the Giants.
The offense delivered 12 hits and seven runs.
The defense made all the plays—with a nice running catch from Pagan to open the game, and a couple of sweet plays by the slick-fielding Crawford at short.
Scutaro stood in toughly at second base on a double-play grounder with the 6'4", 235-pound Holliday bearing down on him. The Giants didn't get the out at first, but the gutty effort by Scutaro seemed to galvanize the AT&T Park crowd, as Holliday was vehemently booed the rest of the night.
Scutaro would later leave the game due to a hip injury suffered on that play, unfortunately, but Ryan Theriot stepped up and delivered a two-run single off the bench.
Vogelsong and the bullpen limited the potent Cards lineup to just one run on five hits.
A dominant 7-1 victory by the Giants evened the series, and it gives them a chance to turn the NLCS around completely with a win in Game 3.
It was not the Cardinals' best effort of the postseason, to say the least. They only got four innings out of their starter, made a few defensive mistakes and only managed one run.
Still, they came into AT&T Park and did what they need to do: split the two games and take back the home-field advantage. They did that with their 6-4 victory in Game 1.
A win in Game 2 would have put them firmly in the driver's seat. However, if they win three straight home games later this week, the defending champs will be ticketed for their second straight World Series appearance.
In order to knock off the 2010 champs, the right-leaning Cardinals lineup will need to come up with a better approach against Cain and Lincecum.
St. Louis had a .787 OPS against lefties this year, and they pounded lefty Madison Bumgarner in Game 1. However, their OPS fell to .747 against righties, and they struggled with the right-handed Vogelsong in Game 2.
With such an outstanding lineup one through eight, the resilient Cardinals will likely be heard from again in this series.