I just had to open my yap about there not being any voodoo magic in Game 1 …
- The Cardinals came back against the Giants to win Game 2 of the NLCS 5-4 last night with a Kolten Wong homer walking it off. It was a topsy turvy game in which the Giants had come back to take a 3-2 lead in the 7th, only to lose that lead in the bottom of the 7th and bottom of the 8th, only to tie it at 4 in the top of the 9th, only to lose it in the bottom of the 9th. The amazing thing was that the Giants got their tying run in the 9th inning when they were down to their last strike, and it came on a wild pitch. It doesn’t get more un-Cardinals than that. But still, they won.
- Four of the Cardinals’ runs came on solo homers by Matt Adams, Oscar Taveras, Kolten Wong, and Matt Carpenter. The Carpenter homer was his fourth of the postseason after hitting just eight all regular season.
- The Cardinals lost Yadier Molina mid-game to an oblique injury, when he hurt himself grounding out in the 6th. Typically, oblique injuries take weeks and weeks to heal, but (1) Molina seems to come back quickly from injuries, (2) it’s the postseason and he might push it even more, and (3) we don’t know the severity yet. It seems likely that he’ll miss at least several games, but you just never know.
- Ken Rosenthal explores why Hunter Pence throws like that – he’s got a spinal condition.
- Today is an off-day for the NLCS, with Game 3 in San Francisco coming on Tuesday at 3pm CT. John Lackey is scheduled to face Tim Hudson.