Clock's winding down for Cardinals, Giants now lead 8-0 in 8th

Apparently just because, Bruce Bochy ran another hit-and-run play in the bottom of the seventh inning, with his club already ahead 7-0. It worked, as most other things have for the Giants lately, and they eventually tacked on an insurance run when Aubrey Huff grounded into a double play. They almost tacked on another, when Pete Kozma fumbled (another!) ground ball, but recovered in time to throw out Ángel Pagán trying to score.

At this point it must seem like piling on, if you're the Cardinals or their fans or their manager. Still, you don't want to stop trying to score in a game that means this much, so Mike Matheny probably won't spend this winter plotting his revenge.

We're heading to the top of the eighth, the Cardinals are down to their last six outs in 2012, and they're down 8-0 with some pretty good relief pitchers still waiting their turn to pitch. And so our thoughts turn to Barry Zito pitching a World Series opener ...

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