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Gamethread: 2012 NLCS Game 2

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Ryan Vogelsong vs. Chris Carpenter.

NLCS - St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants - Game Two

Due to the coronavirus outbreak suspending the 2020 MLB season, we’re rewatching the three San Francisco Giants postseason runs, game-by-game, on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights at 6 p.m. PT, with a gamethread for each.


The 2012 National League Championship Series did not get off to a good start for the San Francisco Giants. Despite having home field advantage, they dropped Game 1 of the series to the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 6-4.

They need a win in Game 2 at AT&T Park, or else they’ll head to St. Louis trailing 2-0.

The Giants are putting the ball in the hand of Ryan Vogelsong, who finished the year with a 14-9 record, a 3.37 ERA, a 3.70 FIP, and 158 strikeouts in 189.2 innings.

The Cardinals are sending out Chris Carpenter, who missed almost the entire season due to thoracic outlet syndrome. Carpenter made just 3 starts, and finished the year with an 0-2 record, a 3.71 ERA, a 4.10 FIP, and 12 strikeouts in 17 innings.

We’re starting this rewatch at the same time as all of the rewatches: 6 p.m. PT. The video isn’t embeddable, but you can find it by clicking here, then you can watch or cast from your browser. Or you can find it on YouTube by searching “Giants 2012 NLCS Game 2” and clicking the first link.

There’s a little more than 8 minutes of pregame included in the video, so if you want to skip that, come back at 6:08 and use this link.

Here’s the Cardinals lineup as they look to take a 2-0 lead:

  1. Jon Jay — CF
  2. Carlos Beltran — RF
  3. Matt Holliday — LF
  4. Allen Craig — 1B
  5. Yadier Molina — C
  6. David Freese — 3B
  7. Daniel Descalso — 2B
  8. Pete Kozma — SS
  9. Chris Carpenter — P

And the Giants lineup as they look to tie things up:

  1. Angel Pagan — CF
  2. Marco Scutaro — 2B
  3. Pablo Sandoval — 3B
  4. Buster Posey — C
  5. Hunter Pence — RF
  6. Brandon Belt — 1B
  7. Gregor Blanco — LF
  8. Brandon Crawford — SS
  9. Ryan Vogelsong — P