The St. Louis Cardinals jumped out to a 3-0 lead, starter Shelby Miller allowed two runs through seven solid innings, and a parade of relievers no-hit the San Francisco Giants’ lineup in the final two frames. The Cardinals’ 4-2 victory evened up this simulated NLCS at two games apiece. With the Giants up 2-1 in the real series, could OOTP match reality when the real NLCS Game 4 starts in a couple hours?
The game was uneventful until the fourth inning, when Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong ran into his first trouble of the day. He walked Matt Holliday to lead off the frame and allowed three consecutive singles that scored Holliday and kept the bases loaded. A pair of strikeouts put him on more solid footing, but his second pitch to Miller escaped from catcher Buster Posey and Matt Adams scored for a 2-0 Cardinals lead.
Vogelsong threw another wild pitch the next inning, putting Matt Carpenter at third with one out, but he managed to strike out Holliday to end that at-bat. Reliever Javier Lopez entered the game to get the final out of the inning. Jean Machi stepped in for Lopez in the top of the sixth and allowed a run to score on a sacrifice fly.
The Giants finally got on the scoreboard with their only runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Joe Panik singled and Buster Posey hit a two-run home run on consecutive pitches by Miller. San Francisco went down 1-2-3 in the eighth and ninth innings, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny used a trio of relievers to navigate the penultimate frame before handing the ball to Trevor Rosenthal for the save.
The Giants used just as many relievers as the Cardinals did, and manager Bruce Bochy brought in closer Santiago Casilla in the ninth, presumably to keep a 3-2 deficit from getting worse, but that strategy backfired as a pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases for a sacrifice fly by Adams.
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