Giants jump ahead in sixth inning of NLCS Game 4

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The Giants were down 4-1 to the Cardinals after the top of the third inning Wednesday night in Game 4 of the NLCS at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, but they’re now carrying a 6-4 lead into the top of the seventh.

Here’s how the Giants scored their three runs to jump on top of the Cardinals in the bottom of the sixth …

  • Juan Perez walked
  • Brandon Crawford singled to right field, Perez to second base
  • Matt Duffy sacrifice bunt, Perez to third base, Crawford to second base
  • Gregor Blanco reached on fielder’s choice (a poor throw home by Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams), Perez scored, Crawford to third base
  • Joe Panik grounded out to first base, Crawford scored, Blanco to second base
  • Buster Posey singled to left-center field, Blanco scored

It was a miserable defensive half-inning for Adams, who made a poor throw that allowed Perez to score the tying run and then failed to turn what should have been a double play on Panik’s grounder right back to him.

The Giants are nine outs away from grabbing a 3-1 lead over the Cardinals in this best-of-seven NLCS.

Anthony Rizzo to wear walking boot for five to seven days

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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.

Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.

Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.