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The bullpens should again be a major storyline in Game 3.
In the first two games of the series, neither manager has been afraid to go to his bullpen, although a few times it was out of necessity.
In Game 1, Lance Lynn gave up four runs in 3.2 innings, prompting manager Mike Matheny to bring on the bullpen. In the following 5.1 innings, the St. Louis bullpen gave up two hits and no runs to slam the door on San Francisco.
The Giants countered with 5.1 innings of bullpen work of their own after starter Madison Bumgarner gave up six runs in his 3.2 innings of work. The Giants' bullpen, however, gave up no hits and allowed one walk the rest of the way.
In Game 2, the St. Louis bullpen went four innings and gave up two runs. San Francisco didn't have to rely on its bullpen as much, as starter Ryan Vogelsong went seven innings and gave up one run.
The San Francisco bullpen had mop-up work in the final two innings, easily preserving the 7-1 victory.
Game 3 could come down to the bullpens depending on how Cain and Lohse pitch. While both pitchers are the aces of their respective teams, anything can happen in the playoffs.