Giants rally to defeat Cardinals in Game 4, take 3-1 lead in the NL Championship Series

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Madison Bumgarner — the hottest starting pitcher remaining in this postseason — can pitch the Giants to the 2014 World Series with a victory in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday night in San Francisco.

The Giants went down early in Game 4 of the NLCS Wednesday at AT&T Park, with Ryan Vogelsong surrendering four earned runs on seven hits while failing to make it past the top of the third inning.

But the home team chipped away for two runs on RBI singles from Buster Posey and Hunter Pence in the bottom of the third inning (to make the score 4-3) and then went ahead for good in the bottom of the sixth inning (mounting a lead of 6-4, also the final score) courtesy of some shoddy defense by Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams and yet another set of questionable managerial moves by skipper Mike Matheny.

The Cardinals had the same amount of hits (11) as the Giants in Game 4, including a double and a home run from the red-hot Kolten Wong, but St. Louis failed to capitalize on some early opportunities to put the game out of reach and Giants manager Bruce Bochy seems to be perpetually four steps ahead of his counterpart.

The Cardinals will need something special — and unlikely — from Adam Wainwright in Game 5.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.