ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) -- Start pinching yourself now because you won’t believe it later -- the Cardinals are one win away from advancing to the World Series for the second straight season.
The Cardinals will try for the clinching win in Game 5 at Busch Stadium on Friday night after holding on to beat the Giants 8-3 in Game 4.
The difference between the Cardinals and Giants, and most games for that matter, came down to how the teams fared with runners in scoring position. The Cardinals: 5-for-12. The Giants: 1-for-5.
“That was nice, and gave Adam (Wainwright) some freedom to feel like he had a little wiggle room, even though he goes about it all the same,” manager Mike Matheny said. “Nice to see when guys pick each other up and take advantage of those opportunities. We had some big hits today.”
The timely hitting now sets up a great chance for the Cardinals to take care of business at home on Friday night to advance to possibly their fourth World Series since 2004.