The game, which started at 4:00 pm ET, was highlighted with Carlos Beltran having to leave the game during the 1st inning with a strained left knee. But, his replacement, Matt Carpenter, definitely filled the gap that Beltran left, as he belted a homerun out to right field to bring in the Cardinals first two runs in the bottom of the 3rd
"He's a really good pitcher obviously," said Carpenter. "I've had some success. I just go up there and try to battle, get a good pitch to hit."
Kyle Lohse was able to work around his season-worst five walks as he pitched for the Cardinals in 6 1/3 innings. After he was subbed out by Mitchell Boggs, Boggs was able to strike out Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt in quick fashion to bring up the 8th inning, where closer pitcher Jason Motte was able to record his first two-inning save of his four year MLB career.
The Giants seemed to struggle at times with pitcher Matt Cain, who allowed only 6 hits, but one pitch became a two-run homer and had three errors in the game.
One of the big stories coming into tonight’s game was about any possible retaliation against Matt Holliday by the Giants. In Game 2 of the series, Holliday slid into second base, and seemed to purposely knock over Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro to break up a double play. Giant’s manager Bruce Bochy had said there would be no retaliation, and Game 3 was as clean of a game as anyone could ask for.
Game 4 will be played Thursday night at 8:00 pm ET. The Cardinals look to extend their lead in the NLCS, while the Giants will play to even the series at 2-2.