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Ryan Vogelsong comes up big: Quick hits

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
Ryan Vogelsong delivered the first quality start by a Giants starter this postseason. (Getty Images)

The Giants' postseason home losing streak is over as the Giants beat the Cardinals 7-1 in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series as the series shifts back to St. Louis.

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Hero: In the Giants' seventh postseason game, Ryan Vogelsong became the first San Francisco starter to record a quality start and the first to complete six innings. Vogelsong held the Cardinals to one run on four hits over seven innings. He added a double in the sixth to boot. He also let the Giants rest their bullpen and kept Tim Lincecum on track to start either Game 4 or 5 in St. Louis.

Goat: Matt Holliday was fitted for the black hat in the first when he took out Marco Scutaro at second base in a (successful) attempt at breaking up a double play. But he solidified his goat status in the fourth inning when he overran Marco Scutaro's RBI single, allowing another run to score in the Giants' four-run fourth inning. Holliday was also hitless after the incident (he singled in the first), not getting the ball out of the infield.

Turning point: With runners on first and third on in the fourth inning, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford hit a chopper down the first base line. Pitcher Chris Carpenter fielded it on a bounce and threw off-balance past second baseman Daniel Descalso, who was covering first. The run already scored when Carpenter was charged with an error, even though it was a tough play and Descalso had a chance to make the play. Crawford also could have been called out for running inside the baseline, making Carpenter's throw even more difficult.

It was over when: It was poetic justice that Scutaro provided the game's biggest blast, singling in two runs with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, with another scoring on Holliday's error.

Next: The series moves to St. Louis for three games with the Giants' Matt Cain facing Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse.

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