The 2012 NLCS opened in San Francisco and it was the St. Louis Cardinals who struck first.
David Freese started the game off with a home run to left field to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead in the 3rd inning. Those two runs would provide the difference as the Cards opened the series with a 6-4 victory.
Both the Cardinals and Giants scored 4 runs in the fourth inning. St. Louis got RBI singls from Pete Kozma and John Jay, capping their half of the inning with a 2 run shot by Carlos Beltran. San Francisco saw RBI’s from Brandon Belt, Gregor Blanco, and Brandon Crawford to close within 2.
After the 4th, both bullpens locked down the opponent for the remainder of the game. San Fran used 5 relievers (including Tim Lincecum) and St. Louis used 6 relievers to nail down the first win of the NLCS.
The Cardinals are up 1-0 in the best of 7 series and go for a commanding 2-0 lead tonight in San Francisco when they send Adam Wainwright to the hill against SF’s Ryan Vogelsong. You can hear all the action beginning at 6:20pm on your home for the St. Louis Cardinals in Mid-Missouri, ESPN 100.5 KTGR.