Giants outfielder Hunter Pence’s sixth-inning RBI single simultaneously ended Cardinals starter Lance Lynn’s night and pulled the Giants back into a tie at 2-2 in Game 2 of the NLCS.
Lynn appeared to be on his way to an easy sixth inning, striking out the first two batters he faced. However, Pablo Sandoval put together a fantastic at-bat against him and ultimately won, dropping a double down the left field line to bring up Pence. Pence, too, had a great at-bat to work the count full before lining a single to right-center, scoring Sandoval and chasing Lynn from the game. Left-hander Randy Choate came in to face the left-handed Brandon Belt, striking him out to end the inning.
Both starters are now out of the game. Lynn allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three in 5 2/3 innings. Giants starter Jake Peavy allowed two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two in four innings. This game will now be decided by the bullpens.
The Mariners have activated third baseman Kyle Seager from the 60-day injured list, per a team announcement on Saturday. Dylan Moore has been optioned to Triple-A Tacoma to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Seager, while right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala has been placed on the 60-day IL (ruptured Achilles tendon).
Seager, 31, suffered a partial tear in the extensor tendon of his left hand during spring training and has yet to make his season debut. He underwent surgery on the tendon in mid-March and has had a long and slow recovery since then, eventually working his way up to a few starts in Triple-A last week. Through his first nine games in the minors, he batted .256/.310/.308 with two extra bases, seven RBI, and a .617 OPS over 42 plate appearances.
Any progress is good progress, though, and the Mariners will no doubt be looking to Seager to uphold the .250+ average, 3.0+ fWAR totals of seasons past as he works his way back to a full workload — especially with fellow third baseman Ryon Healy headed to the 10-day IL with a bout of back inflammation. Seager will start at third and bat sixth when the club faces off against the Athletics at 4:07 PM EDT on Saturday.