Giants manager Bruce Bochy didn't call game 2 a must win. He called it "a critical game". And his team played like it. Ryan Voglesong went 7 innings, becoming the first Giants pitcher to go more than 5 innings in the postseason and the Giant bats went oomp-upside-the-head of Cardinal starter and all around annoyance Chris Carpenter as the Giants won the game 7-1 and evening the series at 1 game apiece. Angel Pagan would inflate his free agent value in the first inning with a home run. The Cardinals would answer back, as Carpenter would inexplicably double home Pete Kozma- the inexplicable king. Then the Giants had enough. The big blow came when Marco Scutaro would get some sweet revenge ( more on this later...) on the Cardinals with a bases clearing double. Well, actually it was a single that couldn't have been fielded worse by Matt Holiday. Scutaro would eventually leave the game and his replacement, Ryan Theriot sealed it with a two run single off Cardinal uber-prospect Shelby Miller. Happy days.
THE STUD- Voglesong deserves it. He went 7, kept the Cardinals under his thumb and rested his bullpen (even though the team has an off day tomorrow.). Pure money. But Scutaro deserves a "hell Yeah" as well. Key hit after taking a big shot and giving his team juice.
THE DUD- Chris Carpenter.... Hold on, let me type that once more.....Chris Carpenter. (Oooooh that felt good.) he stunk tonight. His curve was as Winnie Cooper Chest from the Wonder Years like flat today. And the Giants munched on it. 4 IP, 5R ( only 2ER) walking one and striking out one. More of this please...
THE TREMENDOUS ASSBAG!- That would be Matt Holliday. We saw it numerous times at Wrigley Field, and it popped up. HOlliday barreled into Marcus Scutaro trying to break-up a double play, and some, maybe most, might have called it a good hard play. PUH-LEEZE. Holliday LAUNCHED himself over the base and into Scutaro's legs. It was an intent to injure. If it was soccer it's an easy Red Card. Easy. Kudos to the Giants for not throwing at him ( Although it helped that Carlos Beltran kept getting on base thus making it near impossible to throw at him.) and exacting revenge the right way. By getting runs and exploiting him as one of the worst fielding left fielders in the game.
So it's a series. Traveling to St. Louis tomorrow and hopefully getting all the required shots and immunizations for a three game stay in St. Louis. Matt Cain takes the bump against career year wonder boy Kyle Loshe. Should be a blast.