MLB: Giants Rally in Ninth, Wong Sends Walk-Off Homer to Right
After the Giants’ rallying effort tied up the game in the ninth, it fell short as the Cardinals managed a walk-off home run in the bottom of the inning.
St. Louis sent its second homer in two innings to the right field stands, when Kolten Wong followed a Matt Adams eighth inning home run with a solo shot. The 5-4 Cardinals victory ties the series at one game each, heading into Tuesday’s game-three NLCS matchup.
A 1-2-3 inning in the eighth by Pat Neshek left the Cardinals with only three outs separating them from a win, but poor pitching led to a blown save by Trevor Rosenthal.
Giants’ substitutions proved to be outstanding decisions that led to a comeback opportunity for the 2012 World Series champs. Pinch-hitter Andrew Susac singled to center, to be replaced by pinch-runner Matt Duffy. Juan Perez singled to the outfield, which helped to set up a situation that the Giants were in dire need of.
While the shaky Rosenthal and backup catcher Tony Cruz were paired up, a wild pitch that seemed to roll for miles led to a tie game with the go-ahead runner 90 feet away from home plate. Matt Duffy took advantage of the passed ball, and took it upon himself to make the decision to round third and put his team’s fourth run on the board.
San Francisco played catch-up multiple times throughout the game, only managing to hold the lead for a short period of time. It wasn’t until the third inning when we would see the first runner cross the plate. In a game filled with bombs hit into the stands, it only makes sense that St. Louis’ first run would result from a Matt Carpenter homer.
The Giants tried to prevent St. Louis from scoring in the fourth by setting up a double play situation, but Randal Grichuk singled to left scoring Adams. After doubles in the fifth and sixth innings, Joaquin Arias and Hunter Pence drove in the first two Giants’ runs, to tie up the game for the first time on the night.
Home runs kept coming from the Cardinals offense and Oscar Taveras hit a liner to right, one of many that were sent to that part of the ballpark Sunday night. The next would make it to that area of Busch Stadium in the bottom of the eighth.
Yadier Molina left the game with a strained left oblique muscle, after giving the Giants an easy double play. Molina was unable to make it down the first base line, stumbling a few steps out of the box before exiting the game.
San Francisco looks to take game-three of the NLCS with the home-field advantage. Both teams head to AT&T Park on Tuesday. As of now, the matchup is set to be a battle between pitchers John Lackey and Tim Hudson.