Giants shut out the Cardinals 3-0 in Game 1 of the NLCS

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There was no late rally from the Cardinals this time, as the Giants were able to secure a shutout victory in the opening match of the NLCS on Saturday night. Madison Bumgarner continued his run of post-season dominance, firing 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla got the final four outs with ease to seal the deal.

The Giants got to Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright early, scoring twice in the second inning and once more in the third inning. Wainwright, for the second time in two post-season starts this year, could not escape the fifth inning. In 4 2/3 innings, Wainwright allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out two. It will be interesting to hear if Wainwright’s elbow bothered him any, as he threw a very small percentage of fastballs (24 of 98 pitches, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports).

Bumgarner got into trouble only once, when the Cardinals put two base runners on with one out and moved both into scoring position with two outs. The lefty appeared to balk during an at-bat against pinch-hitter Tony Cruz, but there was no call and he was able to retire Cruz on strikes to end the threat.

Pablo Sandoval had an excellent night at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. Bumgarner set and extended a major league record, as he is now up to 26 2/3 scoreless innings on the road in the post-season, dating back to 2010.

Game 2 continues on Sunday night as Giants right-hander Jake Peavy will oppose Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.