Cardinals beat Giants 3-1, take 2-1 series lead
The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Wednesday night in a rain-lengthened affair at Busch Stadium. A 3-hour, 28-minute rain delay, longer than the actual game itself, pushed the contest deep into the night.
After the dust had settled, the Cardinals’ bullpen again emerged victorious, pitching 3.1 innings, while giving up two hits and no runs to clinch the game for St. Louis.
The game’s big blow came in the third inning when outfielder Matt Carpenter, who replaced Carlos Beltran when he injured his knee in the first inning, hit a two-run home run off Giants’ starter Matt Cain to make the score 2-1. St. Louis would add their third run off an RBI groundout from Shane Robinson in the seventh.
San Francisco’s batters, on the other hand, had a frustrating night, getting twelve men on base against Cardinals’ starter Kyle Lohse, but only scoring one run, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Carpenter plated two with just one swing of the bat. The Cardinals’ bench player told the St. Louis Post Dispatch, “Tonight was one of those things that you can’t expect but you can still be ready for. And I think I was.”