The Cardinals struck early on Wednesday afternoon, and that’s all they needed after a two run shot to the bleachers from Carlos Beltran gave them a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Less than 24 hours after the Giants came up with a franchise-best 15-0 shutout against the Cardinals, the red and white came back with a 3-1 victory behind a strong performance from pitcher Adam Wainwright. The series ended in a 2-2 draw between the two previous World Champions. It also brought the two clubs to identical record in the season standings at 61-51.
Both the Cardinals’ Beltran and Giants’ Buster Posey had an impressive series. They each had a pair of home runs while Beltran knocked in three and Posey drove in four. Perhaps most importantly, they both proved to the nation that they are serious contenders for the season’s MVP award. Granted, Beltran has been impressive all season, consistently in the National League’s top five for home runs and runs batted in. Posey, however, has just come on strong as of recent since the All Star Break. He’s fifth in the NL in batting AVG at .329 and subsequently fifth in OBP (.400) and sixth in RBI (73) and leads the first place Giants with 19 home runs. Although Posey is likely the favorite for Comeback Player of the Year, both he and Beltran must continue to roll if they hope to catch up with MVP favorite Andrew McCutchen who is having a monster season.
The Cardinals and Giants both left St. Louis after Thursday’s game. The Cardinals are off to face the NL East last place Phillies in Philadelphia while the Giants return to the bay against the NL West last place Rockies, a team the Giant’s swept just days ago in Colorado.
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Written by Connor Callaghan
A San Francisco native, I've been following Bay Area sports for as long as my memory's served me. A graduate of the University of Oregon, I majored in English and Writing. I've shifted my focus on writing to what I really love, sports.