Cardinals Win Game 4, Gain 3-1 Lead in NLCS

Cardinal Bats Shine, Win Game 4

10/18/12 in MLB   |   qallington   |   15 respect

The St. Louis Cardinals trounce the San Francisco Giants 8-3 to bring their lead in the NLCS to 3-1. The Cardinals bats were on fire all throughout the night as well, with 12 hits on the night. Matt Holliday, Yadier Oct 18, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay (19) hits an RBI double against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of game four of the 2012 NLCS at Busch Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Molina, and Jon Jay were all able to snag two RBIs throughout the game, with Holliday in particular ending a recent postseason slump and bringing his postseason average to .244, and boosting the team average up from .198 within the first three games of the series.

"I've just been working on my swing and I felt more comfortable tonight," Holliday said. "I was able to get some pitches to hit and hit them hard and good results -- that always helps the confidence."

Starting pitcher Adam Wainwright was able to strike out five Giants batters and only allow four hits on the night, giving him a 1.29 ERA. This season, Wainwright has become one of the Cardinals top pitchers, redeeming himself after a dismal Game 5 in the NLDS against the Washington Nationals, where he allowed seven hits within two innings.  He is also having an outstanding season this year after having to take off all of the 2011 season with Tommy John’s surgery.

 The Giants pitching seemed out of sync tonight, as Lincecum allowed six hits alone throughout 4 2/3 innings. This was Lincecum’s first start in a postseason series since the World Series clincher against the Texas Rangers in 2010. He was also 10-15 during the regular season as a starter, earning a 5.18 ERA and the worst record among qualifying starting pitchers in the National League.

The Cardinals can clinch a return trip to the World Series with another win tomorrow night in St. Louis, while the Giants will look to keep their World Series hopes alive with a win, or go down trying. Tomorrow night’s game will start at 8 pm ET.
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