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The Cardinals came out sputtering in the first two innings as Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong struck out five during that stretch, with the only blemish being a harmless walk to first baseman Matt Carpenter in the first.
Volelsong clearly brought his A-game early, as the Cardinals continued struggling, going down meekly in the third inning as well. Not quite the beginning Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was hoping for—no runs, no hits and six strikeouts in three innings.
Again, the Cardinals couldn't bring their weapons to bear against Vogelsong in the fourth, going out in order once again.
The Cardinals finally got the bats going in the fifth.
With two outs, Daniel Descalso singled for the first hit of the game and shortstop Pete Kozma followed with a single of his own, putting runners on first and second with two outs. Matheny went to his bench, calling on Skip Schumaker to pinch-hit for starter Chris Carpenter. Schumaker was unable to deliver, however, grounding out to first baseman Brandon Belt to strand two runners.
The top of the order came up to face Vogelsong in the top of the sixth.
John Jay and Carpenter both grounded out, but right fielder Carlos Beltran delivered the Cardinals' first extra-base hit of the night, doubling to left field. Allen Craig followed with a run-scoring single to left field for the first run of the night for the Cardinals. However, catcher Yadier Molina lined out to center fielder Angel Pagan on the first pitch to end the inning with just one run scored.
The Cardinals' struggles continued in the seventh with Vogelsong still on the hill. With two outs, Kozma reached on an error by left fielder Gregor Blanco, but then retired pinch-hitter Shane Robinson on a fly ball to Blanco.
It was a tremendous effort by Vogelsong that limited the Cardinals offense to just one run on four hits.
Matt Carpenter tried to get things going in the eighth inning with a one-out single off reliever Jeremy Affeldt. Beltran followed with a strikeout, and after Giants manager Bruce Bochy replaced Affeldt with right-hander Santiago Casilla, Casilla induced Craig to bounce into a force play, ending the inning and the potential threat.
The Cardinals went down meekly in the ninth off closer Sergio Romo.