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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cardinals recap: St. Louis Cardinals 6 San Francisco Giants 4

After the heroics and magic of Friday night's miraculous comeback victory over the Washington Nationals to win the NLDS, many were curious as to how the St. Louis Cardinals would respond.

Some felt the team would ride the high into the next series and play well.  Other would not of been surprised to see the Cardinals come out flat, just 48 hours after the emotional roller coaster of Friday night.

The Cardinals were anything but flat in Game One of the NLCS with the San Francisco Giants, jumping out to a 6-0 lead and after the Giants answered with four runs of their own, held on to win 6-4.

The Cardinals pounced on Giants starter Madison Bumgarner early.

Last year's World Series hero David Freese got the scoring started with a two run home run in the second inning.  The Cardinals then tacked on four more runs in the fourth inning thanks to a pair of RBI singles by Pete Kozma and Jon Jay before Carlos Beltran belted a two run home run.

The Cardinals offense cooled from there, but the six runs were enough thanks to another gutsy outing by the Cardinals bullpen.

Starter Lance Lynn did not make it through four innings, leaving with two outs in the bottom of the fourth after surrendering four Giants runs.

The Cardinals bullpen took care of things from there.  Manager Mike Matheny trotted out Joe Kelly, Marc Rzepczynski, and Trevor Rosenthal before turning to the normal seventh, eighth, and ninth inning trio of Edward Mujica, Mitchell Boggs, and Jason Motte.

The Cardinals received another solid day at the plate from Daniel Descalso, who finished the day with a pair of hits in four plate appearances.

The Cardinals take a one game lead in the series and will send ace Chris Carpenter to the hill for Game Two on Monday.