Giants go quietly, Cards leave runner on second

Lance Lynn is a converted reliever, so you might guess that he has a knack for getting through at least an inning or two before wearing down. I'm not sure why you'd guess that. It's a pretty stupid theory. And there's no evidence to support it, either; Lynn had a 7.45 ERA in the first inning this year, and hitters hit .330/.417/.643 against him in the opening frame.

The Giants care not for your microsplits. And they went down in order in the first on a pair of grounders and a Pablo Sandoval strikeout. Lynn threw 11 pitches, eight for strikes.

Things didn't go quite as smoothly for Barry Zito, but he still escaped the first inning unscathed. Carlos Beltran hit a one-out single between Sandoval and Brandon Crawford that couldn't have been thrown in a better spot, and Beltran advanced to second with a stolen base after Matt Holliday struck out.

That brought up Allen Craig, who murdered Zito when they faced off in August. In this at-bat, though, he was robbed by Sandoval:


It probably would have been foul, but more importantly to Zito, it was the third out of the inning. It's scoreless in Game 5.

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