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.
Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.
Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.
The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.