"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.