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Cards fall short in game two

 

St. Louis Cardinals hats & merchandise After edging out the San Francisco Giants 6-4 in game one of the National League Division Series, the St Louis Cardinals took a pounding in game two losing, 7-1 Monday night.

Cardinal starting pitcher Chris Carpenter gave a sub-par performance after looking like a Cy Young winner in his last start against the Washington Nationals.. In the first inning Carpenter gave up a rocket homer to Giants lead-off hitter Angel Pagan. In an attempt at redemption, Carpenter hit a double in the second inning to drive in Pete Kozma which tied the game 1-1. But Carpenter added to his woes on a botched fielding attempt of a swinging bunt by Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford in the fourth inning. Carpenter was charged with an error, and San Francisco seized control of the game.

The remainder of the inning only got worse for the Cards. With two outs, Carpenter walked Angel Pagan to load the bases. Giants’ second baseman Marco Scutaro followed with a line drive single to left field, where Matt Holliday let the ball slip between his legs, allowing four runs to score, giving the Giants a 5-1 lead.

Former Cardinal, Ryan Theriot drove in the last two Giants runs in the bottom of the eighth.

The Cardinals travel back to St. Louis for game three scheduled to start at 4:00pm Eastern

Wednesday afternoon. Kyle Lohse will start for the Cards against Giants pitcher Matt Cain. Lohse comes off the 2012 regular season with 16 wins and a 2.86 ERA. His postseason ERA is 2.13 in 12.2 innings.

 

 

By: Karen L. Willdermood
MLBCenter.com Staff Writer

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