Quest for Three: Giants drop game two of the NLCS

Tami Benedict

After tying the game, the Giants lost 4-3 in the ninth. Photo under Creative Commons by SD Dirk.
After tying the game, the Giants lost 4-3 in the ninth. Photo under Creative Commons by SD Dirk.

Game two of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) was anything but perfect for the Giants. After working their magic and tying the game, the Giants lost to the Cardinals 5-4 by a walk-off home run. The NLCS is now tied 1-1.

Jake Peavy was on the mound for the Giants. In the bottom of the third inning, Peavy gave up a home run to Matt Carpenter who scored the first run of the game.  At the fourth inning, Matt Adams scored after Peavy gave up a single to Randal Grichuk. Peavy pitched four innings with four hits, three walks, and two runs. The Giants’ pitching did not get better after Peavy. Both Jean Machi and Hunter Strickland gave up solo home runs, extending the Cardinals’ lead.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Giants scored their first run of the game after Joaquin Arias grounded out to second, allowing Brandon Belt to score. The following inning, Hunter Pence tied the game by singling on a line drive to center field, scoring Pablo Sandoval. The Giants took the lead after Gregor Blanco singled on a ground ball and Brandon Crawford scored.

The top of the ninth inning rolled around and Matt Duffy scored on a wild pitch thrown by Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal, again tying the game. The Cardinals did what they did best all night and in the bottom of the ninth, Kolten Wong hit a solo home run off of Sergio Romo, getting the walk off win for the Cardinals.

Tomorrow will be an off day for the Giants as they make their way back to the bay and prepare to face the Cardinals in Game three of the NLCS, which will be held at AT&T Park.