We have a brand new ballgame in San Francisco.
After Adam Wainwright proved his doubters wrong by holding the Giants to two runs over seven innings this evening, the Cardinals’ lead vanished as soon as he left the ballgame. Michael Morse came up as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning and slugged a leadoff solo homer against Pat Neshek to tie things up at 3-3. The blast sent AT&T Park into a frenzy. Morse gave a curtain call to the crowd after returning to the dugout.
Morse was left off the Giants’ roster during the NLDS due to an oblique injury and he has been limited to pinch-hitting duties during the NLCS. He hit 16 home runs during the regular season, though he hadn’t gone deep against a right-handed pitcher since way back on July 5. This was a good time to break that streak.
Following Madison Bumgarner, Santiago Casilla will try to keep the tie intact as he heads to the mound for the Giants for the top of the ninth inning.