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Cardinals vs. Giants, 2012 NLCS Game 6: Ryan Vogelsong becomes a hero

After struggling during the NLDS, Ryan Vogelsong has won two of the Giants' three games in the NLCS.

Ezra Shaw

There will be a Game 7 in the 2012 NLCS. The San Francisco Giants are attempting to become the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NLCS since the Marlins came back on the Cubs in 2003. The Giants also did not need a Steve Bartman-moment in Game 6. Instead, they got seven strong inning from Ryan Vogelsong, who struck out a career high nine batters to force a winner-take-all game.

As SB Nation's McCovey Chronicles states, it is now as simple as Matt Cain winning a home game:

It was natural to feel happy for Vogelsong after he found his sea legs against the Reds. It was natural to be thrilled for him after he pitched one of his best games of his life in Game 2 against the Cards. It felt like something important, a validation of his long road back. Remember, two years ago Vogelsong was in a Bhutanese prison, fighting the other inmates for sport. Then he hooked up with Rags al Ghul, and now we're here. Game 2 wasn't exactly a victory lap, but it was welcome proof of something that didn't need to be proven.

Vogelsong has only given up two runs and 13 baserunners in his last 18 innings of work in the postseason for San Francisco. On Sunday evening he was even better, as he did not allow a base-hit in the first four and two thirds innings against the Cardinals. He only allowed one baserunner on a first inning walk to Matt Carpenter in that time.