Game Report: Giants 3, Cardinals 1 (13 innings)

By Rob Rains

The Cardinals won’t ever know what might have happened if Matt Carpenter had stopped at second base with a leadoff double in the ninth inning of a scoreless game on Saturday night at Busch Stadium.

He aggressively, but inadvisably, tried to stretch the hit to left field into a triple and was thrown out at third, ultimately costing the Cardinals their last chance of beating the Giants.

The game remained scoreless until the 13th, when Christian Arroyo fouled off seven pitches, including three with a 3-2 count, before hitting the 12th pitch from Kevin Siegrist for a two-run double.

The loss was the fourth in a row for the Cardinals, all at home, their longest losing streak of the season.

The loss spoiled the best start of Carlos Martinez’s career as he allowed only two singles and a walk in nine innings, striking out five.

The game was the longest 0-0 game in St. Louis since the Mets and Cardinals battled through 18 scoreless innings on April 17, 2010. Both teams scored once in the 19th then the Mets won 2-1 in the 20th.

It was the first time the Cardinals and Giants were tied 0-0 going to the 10th inning since July 4, 1992 in San Francisco. The Cardinals won 1-0 in the 13th inning. The last time the two teams were scoreless going to the 10th in St. Louis was on May 15, 1976, when the Giants won 2-0 in the 11th.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals had just five hits before Carpenter’s double in the ninth, stranding two runners at third base and one at second … Aledmys Diaz and Carpenter both flew out to the warning track in center in extra innings. The Cardinals put runners on first and second with two outs in the 12th before Randal Grichuk struck out … They scored in the 13th on a pinch-hit single by Jhonny Peralta, a fielder’s choice and an RBI single by Stephen Piscotty. Piscotty also was hit by a pitch and made a catch crashing into the wall in foul territory in right in his first game back from the disabled list … Greg Garcia, who replaced Kolten Wong in the fourth inning, had three of the team’s 10 hits.

On the mound: The only Giants to reach base against Martinez were Joe Panik with a one-out single in the fourth, Eduardo Nunez with a one-out single in the eighth and Denard Span on a two-out walk in the ninth. He threw 93 pitches, 65 for strikes. His previous career high for innings pitched in a game was 8 1/3 last year at Pittsburgh … His nine scoreless innings lowered the combined ERA for the starters in the first seven games on this homestand to 1.70 (nine earned runs in 47 2/3 innings) and they have a combined two wins … Trevor Rosenthal and Matt Bowman each worked a perfect inning of relief. Siegrist gave up a single but got a double play in the 12th before running into trouble in the 13th, allowing three consecutive one-out singles before Arroyo’s double … Jonathan Broxton relieved and allowed a sacrifice fly to score the Giants’ third run.

Key stat: The last Cardinal pitcher to throw nine scoreless innings and not get a win was Matt Morris on May 2, 2004. The Cardinals defeated the Cubs 1-0 in the 10th. Martinez was making his 150th professional start and 77th in the majors. He has never thrown a shutout and his only complete game came in his first pro season, in 2010, in the Dominican Summer League.

Worth noting: Wong left the game after the third inning because of “discomfort” in his left elbow. More will be known about his status on Sunday … Tyler Lyons threw five innings in a rehab start at Double A Springfield. He allowed two runs on three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three. He could rejoin the Cardinals for the start of the road trip on Tuesday … Jose Martinez, who has been on the DL since May 7 with a groin injury, will leave for Florida on Sunday to play at both the extended spring training camp and for Class A Palm Beach on a rehab assignment.

Looking ahead:
The Cardinals and Giants will complete the series on Sunday with Adam Wainwright pitching against Matt Cain. The Giants will be trying to complete their first three-game series sweep in St. Louis since 1998.

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