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.
Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.
It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.