Cardinals answer Giants to take regain lead in NLCS Game 5

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Game 5 of the NLCS has already been a wild, seesaw affair.

After the Cardinals grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, the Giants answered right back in the bottom of the frame when rookie second baseman Joe Panik took Adam Wainwright deep for a two-run homer just inside the right-field foul pole. According to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, the Giants had gone 242 plate appearances between home runs this postseason. The last one came during the NLDS when Brandon Belt homered in the 18th inning against the Nationals on October 4.

However, the Giants’ lead didn’t last long, as Matt Adams led off the top of the fourth inning with a game-tying homer against Madison Bumgarner. I thought Adams couldn’t hit lefties? He now has homers off Clayton Kershaw and Bumgarner over the past nine days. Anyway, the Cardinals weren’t done there. Bumgarner retired the next two batters he faced before Yadier Molina’s replacement, Tony Cruz, pulled a solo homer to put St. Louis back in front at 3-2.

Wainwright quickly found himself in a jam in the bottom of the fourth after Pablo Sandoval doubled inside the left field line and Hunter Pence drew a walk. The Giants failed to capitalize on the opportunity, as Brandon Belt lined into a tough-luck double play and Brandon Crawford struck out to end the frame and strand runners at first and second. With their backs against the wall, the Cardinals are clinging to a one-run lead as we move into the top of the fifth in San Francisco.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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