The Bottom Line: The Cards could not get anything going off Madison Bumgarner (2-1, 1.13) who went 7.2 innings, giving up only four hits and one walk while striking out seven.  Adam Wainwright (0-1, 12.46) labored through 4.2 innings as he gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks.  He struggled with command; he burned through 98 pitches without making it out of the fifth inning.  The Giants scrapped away three runs with a RBI bloop single, a run on a Matt Carpenter error, and a sacrifice fly.  The Cards should have gotten a run on what seemed to be a balk by Bumgarner, but the umpires missed it.

 

Adam Wainwright
Adam Wainwright

 

Cards Come Out Flat: The Cards had a tough time with Bumgarner on the mound as the offense could not adjust to his sidearm slot and movement on his pitches.  Carpenter had an error that is very uncharacteristic of the sure-handed third baseman.  Wainwright was anything but the Wainwright we have come to know over the last few postseasons.  Overall, it was a pretty poor performance by the Cards; hopefully they will come out ready to play in Game 2.

What’s Next?: Lance Lynn (0-0, 3.00) takes the mound for the Cards against Jake Peavy (1-0, 0.00) and the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday Night at 7 pm CT.