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Cardinals vs. Giants score: St. Louis can't take advantage of early opportunity vs. Matt Cain

The St. Louis Cardinals continued to look better against the San Francisco Giants than they have since Game 4, and they continued to get nothing out of it through an inning-and-a-half of Game 7. Kyle Lohse comes out to pitch his second frame with the Giants still ahead by a score of 1-0.

The Ryan Vogelsong game saw the Cardinals not just without runs but without opportunities—the few hits they did get came with two outs, and the Giants never really seemed at risk. That wasn't the case in the second; a leadoff liner from Yadier Molina and David Freese's no-out walk both came after hard-fought at-bats, and Daniel Descalso's hard groundout to first might have been a single if Brandon Belt hadn't been playing in.

But the Cardinals' lineup ran out of slack a little early—Pete Kozma struck out in a full-count against Cain, which led to Kyle Lohse at the plate with two out and two in scoring position. Which is not really where you want the pitcher in Game 7 of the NLCS. Lohse gave it a ride, but Brandon Crawford made a leaping grab to snare his fliner, ending another frustrating Cardinals threat.