Baggs' Instant Replay: Cardinals 3, Giants 1


Baggs' Instant Replay: Cardinals 3, Giants 1

ST. LOUIS Buster Posey cant hit a home run every day. This isnt a video game, you know.And you cant expect Melky Cabrera to roll out two or three hits every time he takes the field.Posey did extend his hitting streak to 13 games, but Adam Wainwright silenced the middle of the Giants lineup and they had to settle for a four-game split at Busch Stadum after a 3-1 loss Thursday afternoon.The Giants still jet home having won five of seven on their road trip to Colorado and St. Louis, and now they look to carry that momentum into a six-game homestand.Cabrera entered the day hitting .409 on the road trip, with 11 runs scored in six games. Posey, making a rare start behind the plate in a day game after a night game, had sizzled for a .462 average on the trip along with four home runs and 11 RBIs to vault his name into the MVP conversation.Marco Scutaro, who drove in seven during Wednesdays 15-0 victory, had 11 RBIs on the trip, too.But Carlos Beltran hit a two-run home run off Madison Bumgarner in the first inning and Wainwright was the flame retardant the Cardinals needed as they salvaged a split in the six-game season series between the clubs.Starting pitching reportFor the fifth consecutive start, Bumgarner averaged better than a strikeout per inning. He worked quickly and threw strikes, but paid for a 2-1 slider that stayed up and broke onto the barrel of Beltrans bat in the first inning.Beltrans two-run home run was his 27th of the season and gave him 80 RBIs, which leads the NL.It was the 18th home run Bumgarner has allowed this season, and his 15th on the road.Bumgarner pitched the rest of the afternoon like a snorting bull. He was never more aggressive than in the fourth inning, when he struck out Beltran on three pitches, then nonchalantly stabbed sharp comebackers from David Freese and Yadier Molina.The Cardinals scratched him for one more run in the sixth after Jon Jay hit a leadoff double and got a huge jump while stealing third base. But replays appeared to show that third baseman Joaquin Arias tagged him before he slid in safely. Umpire Tim McClelland appeared to be blocked out on the play. The apparent blown call led to a run, as Allen Craig followed with a sacrifice fly.Bumgarners line: Six innings, three hits, three runs (all earned), one walk, seven strikeouts on 90 pitches58 strikes.Bullpen reportBrad Penny hasnt been consistent out of the bullpen, but he certainly had good stuff Thursday while flashing a 93 mph fastball in a scoreless eighth inning.Santiago Casilla, who has been limited by a recurring blister issue, threw firm stuff while retiring Allen Craig in the eighth.At the plateA day after gushing for 15 runs, the Giants couldnt squeeze more than a few drops against Adam Wainwright. The right-hander finally is rounding into Cy Young form after having Tommy John surgery last season.He didnt allow a hit until Marco Scutaro singled in the fourth. The Giants had runners at the corners and two out, but Wainwright got Brandon Belt to pop out.The Giants made Wainwright work hard in the fifth, too. Joaquin Arias hit a one-out single and got a head start on a 2-2 pitch to Madison Bumgarner, who snuck a single under the shortstops glove to put runners at the corners again. Angel Pagan walked to load the bases and Scutaro hit a sacrifice fly that Jay left his feet to catch in center field. But Melky Cabrera popped out to end the inning.Buster Posey singled in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, but once again, the Giants couldnt get the two-out hit with runners in scoring position. This time Arias struck out to end the threat and strand two.Wainwright departed after seven innings and 119 pitches, and the Cardinals have had their share of issues getting the ball to closer Jason Motte. But Mitchell Boggs made quick work of Cabrera, Posey and Pence in the eighth. And Motte struck out pinch hitter Hector Sanchez with a man aboard to end it.In fieldAngel Pagan made a sliding catch in center field to take a bloop single away from Allen Craig in the third inning. But Bumgarners impression of Patrick Roy in the fourth made him the games defensive star.AttendanceThe Cardinals announced 32,810 paid. Fredbird was much more mirthful than the previous night.Up nextThe Giants begin a six-game homestand with the Rockies and Nationals on Friday, as Tim Lincecum (6-11, 5.43) takes on Colorado right-hander Tyler Chatwood (1-2, 6.61). Game time was moved back to 7:35 p.m. PDT to accommodate Matt Cains perfect game ceremony.

Cubs, Indians name starting pitchers for Game 1 of World Series


Cubs, Indians name starting pitchers for Game 1 of World Series

World Series ace Jon Lester is all set to start Game 1 for the Chicago Cubs.

Lester will be fully rested when he pitches Tuesday night at Cleveland. Corey Kluber will start for the Indians.

The 32-year-old lefty is 2-0 in three starts during this postseason, with wins over the Giants and Dodgers in the NL playoffs. He was 19-5 during the regular season.

Lester is 3-0 in three starts in the World Series with a sparkling 0.43 ERA. He helped the Boston Red Sox win championships in 2007 and 2013.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon says Lester is "really, really in the moment" right now.


Indians ace Corey Kluber will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs.

Manager Terry Francona said Sunday that he will go with Kluber, an 18-ame winner during the regular season, in the opener on Tuesday night. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA in his first postseason.

Francona has right-handers Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin penciled in for Games 2 and 3, respectively. The order could change depending on how Bauer's injured right pinkie heals over the next few days.

Bauer's start in the AL Championship Series lasted less than one inning after his pinkie began bleeding against Toronto. He injured his finger when he sliced it open while repairing a drone.

Also, injured starter Danny Salazar could be available against the Cubs. Salazar hasn't pitched since Sept. 9 because of forearm tightness but he's made major progress in the past week and could be on the World Series roster.

How Cubs beat Kershaw to move on to World Series

How Cubs beat Kershaw to move on to World Series

Two quick runs off the best pitcher on the planet on Saturday night afforded the Cubs exactly what they needed to snap a 71-year-old drought.

Already confident after consecutive offensive outbursts in the previous two games, a two-run first inning against Clayton Kershaw had Cubs hitters in a positive frame of mind.

They rode the surprising rally and a dominant performance by Kyle Hendricks to a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The win earned the Cubs their first NL pennant since 1945 and on Tuesday night they’ll seek their first World Series title since 1908 when they face the Cleveland Indians in Game 1.

“It’s huge for the confidence, the positive momentum from LA, to carry over back home,” left fielder Ben Zobrist said. “Those were the biggest moments in the game early on to help everybody keep pushing and that we got this thing -- that we’re in charge of the game early. That’s a huge momentum builder.”

The Cubs did a little bit of everything in the first inning against Kershaw, who dominated them for seven scoreless frames in a 1-0 Dodgers victory in Game 2 on Sunday night. Some hitters took a more aggressive approach against the three-time NL Cy Young winner while others remained patient. The one constant throughout the 30-pitch frame was that Cubs hitters took advantage whenever Kershaw made a mistake.