The Cardinals are one loss away from elimination, but they have grabbed an early lead in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Giants.
After tossing two scoreless innings, Madison Bumgarner issued a leadoff walk to Tony Cruz to begin the top of the third. Adam Wainwright bunted Cruz over to second base before Bumgarner walked Matt Carpenter. Jon Jay then hit a fly ball to left field which was misread by Travis Ishikawa for a double (that scoring is generous) and brought in the first run of the ballgame. Yes, Ishikawa’s inexperience in left field finally came back to bite the Giants. Bumgarner got Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta to fly out to avoid any further damage, but the Cardinals hold a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the third in San Francisco.
For what it’s worth, Adam Wainwright has looked sharper so far tonight than in his previous two outings this postseason. He has thrown 27 pitches over two scoreless frames.