Game Report: Cardinals 5, Giants 2

One night after the Cardinals might have lost a game because of a home-run saving catch in the ninth inning, they might have earned a victory because of an apparent home run which was taken away from the Giants.

With the Cardinals leading 5-1 in the ninth inning Thursday night in San Francisco, Brandon Crawford hit what appeared to be a two-run homer with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth. After a review, however, the umpires changed the call to a double and the Cardinals went on to complete the victory.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
Randal Grichuk, who hit the would-have-been home run on Wednesday, got one that counted in the second inning, a two-run shot, his 18th of the season … The Cardinals didn’t score again until the seventh, when Tommy Pham had an RBI single, and then added two more runs in the eighth when Greg Garcia drew a bases-loaded walk and Pham was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded … Pham also had another single and double as he raised his average to .311.

On the mound: Michael Wacha allowed just one run over six innings to get the victory. He gave up just four hits and walked two while striking out two … Matt Bowman gave up a two-out triple in the seventh before Paul DeJong’s run-saving play got him out of the jam … Tyler Lyons stayed perfect in the second half of the season with a 1-2-3 eighth, extending his scoreless streak to 17 2/3 innings … In the ninth, John Brebbia gave up a leadoff double and the almost home run, changed to a double, before the Cardinals used three pitchers – Brebbia, Zach Duke and Seung Hwan Oh, to get the final three outs of the game.

Key stat:
The Cardinals finished August with a 15-13 record, their second consecutive winning month, and moved back to one game over .500 for the season.

Worth noting:
The Cardinals designated Kevin Siegrist for assignment on Thursday. Siegrist had trouble staying healthy this season and has struggled to regain his form of the past couple of seasons, falling behind several other left-handers in the bullpen … Right-hander John Gant joined the team from Memphis and the Cardinals will add several more players on Friday, when the rosters can be expanded … Matt Cain was an emergency starter for the Giants when Madison Bumgarner got sick before the game with flu-like symptoms … The Cardinals’ Class A affiliate the Peoria Chiefs clinched a wild-card spot in the Midwest League playoffs with a win on Thursday night.

Looking ahead:
Jack Flaherty will make his major-league debut on Friday night, taking the place of the traded Mike Leake in the rotation. Johnny Cueto is set to start for the Giants.