Wednesday, October 10, 2012

NLDS: Cards Blow Out And Stifle Nats To Take 2-1 Series Lead; Giants Use Timely Offense And Good Relief Pitching To Force Game Five With Reds

Two games were played on Wednesday as both National League divisional playoff series continued.

At Washington:

Chris Carpenter pitched 5 and 2/3 innings of shutout ball while the bullpen delivered no-hit baseball the rest of the way while Pete Kozma hit a three-run second-inning home run as the St. Louis Cardinals ruined the first postseason baseball game to take place in the nation's capital since the 1933 World Series by once again running roughshod over the Washington Nationals, this time by the score of 8-0 on the road as the Redbirds took a two-games-to-one divisional playoff series lead.  The Cardinals can finish off the series with a game-four victory in Washington on Thursday.

At Cincinnati:

Angel Pagan hit a lead-off home run while Pablo Sandoval and Gregor Blanco also hit round-trippers while the bullpen, led by Tim Lincecum pitched 4 and a third innings of one-run ball (and got the victory) as the San Francisco Giants leveled their divisional playoff series as two games apiece with their 8-3 game-four road win over the Cincinnati Reds.  The series is slated to be decided in game five at Great America Ballpark on Thursday.

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