Matt Cain has given up three runs in each of his three post-season starts. He lasted only 5 IP in the first one, upped it to 5-2/3 in the second, and managed 6-2/3 tonight. It wasn't a dominating start, but it was effective, and gave the Giants a chance to win. Matty got bit by the home run bug again, something that happens to him in both St. Louis and Cincinnati. This time it was rookie Matt Carpenter, subbing for apparently-injured Carlos Beltran, who hit a two-run shot on an 0-2 pitch. The unlikely hero made a nice play in the 9th to take away a hit, too. That was enough. The Giants had their chances but unfortunately the big run-scoring hit never materialized. Giants worked Kyle Lohse (108 pitches) for seven hits and five walks in 5-2/3, but only scored one run. The Cardinals bullpen was overpowering after that and snuffed out any chance at a comeback. The Giants need a win tomorrow. Tim Lincecum will get the start and that is something we were all hoping for. It should be very exciting, and I'll be in a better mood because, unlike today, I'll get to see it.