Adam Wainwright threw seven innings of four-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals roughed up Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in an 8-3 rout Thursday night that gave them a 3-1 lead in the NL championship series.
Matt Holliday, Jon Jay and Yadier Molina had two RBIs apiece to lead a 12-hit outburst by a team that batted just .198 through the first three games of the series.
Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals chased Matt Cain before a 3 1/2-hour rain delay in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night for a 2-1 series lead.
The St. Louis Cardinals start the final series of the regular season at home against the Reds Monday evening.
The Cardinals are on pace to draw just over 3,250,000 in home attendance this year, the sixth highest in all of baseball and the 14th time in the last 15 years the Redbirds have exceeded the lofty 3 million benchmark.
Joe Strohm is the Cardinals Vice President of ticket sales. Considering St. Louis ranks 24th out of 30, in terms of media-market size, its yearly position near the top in terms of ticket sales is a testament to the devotion of fans.
Tony La Russa won two World Series championships as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and another with the Oakland Athletics. He won four Manager of the Year Awards and has the third highest win total in Major League Baseball history. Host Don Marsh talks with La Russa about his career, the current season, and his new memoir, “One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season.”