Mitchell Boggs comes on, strikes out two Giants to quash rally

The Giants might lose Game 3, once Busch Stadium is rebuilt after the tornado destroys it.

But if nothing else, Giants fans should take some solace in Matt Cain's outing. After a couple of shaky performances in the club's Division Series against the Reds, Cain has given up only two runs in six innings, and finished the sixth with his first two strikeouts of the game. No, we still haven't seen vintage Matt Cain this month. But at least there doesn't seem to be anything fundamentally wrong with him.

In the sixth, top of the sixth, Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse got the Cardinals into a two-out jam -- thanks to Cain's base hit -- but reliever Trevor Rosenthal got them out of it. Edward Mujica took over in the seventh, and he got into a bigger jam.

Marco Scutaro led off the frame and shot a low liner toward the mound, where Mujica got some leather on it; the ball caromed to second baseman Daniel Descalso, who had plenty of time to throw out Scutaro. That reprieve didn't help Mujica much. Pablo Sandoval ripped a line drive over left fielder Matt Holliday, the ball hit so hard that Panda stopped at first base with a really long single. Buster Posey drove a single into left field, with Sandoval holding at second, and Mujica was finished.

Mike Matheny summoned hard-throwing right-hander Mitchell Boggs from the bullpen. He made Hunter Pence look silly, striking him out with a slider. And then he struck out Brandon Belt with a back-door slider, looking, that just caught the outside corner. Great outing for Boggs, and Matheny's looking brilliant.

We're in the seventh-inning stretch, and the score is still Cardinals 2, Giants 1.

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