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The big winners of Game Four's match-up between the Cardinals and Giants? The hitters. The two sides combined to score more than 10 runs in the series for the first time on Wednesday night. (In the previous two games, the final score had been 5-4; as if that one extra run were taunting them.) Together, the Cardinals and Giants hitters notched 22 hits (six of which went for extra bases) and 10 walks. It was a good night.

Unsurprisingly, it was a bad night for the game's starting pitchers. Neither Ryan Vogelsong nor Shelby Miller had an expiration date exceeding the fourth inning. Vogelsong was lifted for a pinch-hitter during the bottom of the third, and Miller was removed during the bottom of the fourth in favor of a reliever. Fittingly enough, it was the first time in the series that a starter had lasted fewer than four innings—and it happened twice.

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The other big winners from Game Four began the night in San Francisco's bullpen.

Yusmeiro Petit provided Bruce Bochy with three scoreless innings out of the pen, tallying twice as many strikeouts as baserunners. From there Bochy got creative. He started the seventh with Jeremy Affeldt, removed him for Jean Machi three batters later and then, after Machi threw one pitch, went to Javier Lopez. The popcorn effect worked: Bochy turned the game over to Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla in the eighth and ninth, as usual, and the Giants were soon forming handshake lines. Altogether, San Francisco's relievers combined for six innings, six baserunners, and zero runs.

Those poor arms in the St. Louis bullpen weren't as fortunate. Mike Matheny had to feel uneasy from the start, when left-handed specialist Randy Choate struggled his way through a third of an inning. Carlos Martinez then walked two batters during his inning before Marco Gonzales yielded the decisive three runs in the sixth (albeit not on his own). Seth Maness got in on the tightrope action in the seventh, but Pat Neshek was his usual bright spot in the eighth.

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Choate's entrance did raise some eyebrows. Matheny had seemingly wanted him to face Brandon Belt in the bottom of the third. Problem was, Choate hadn't warmed yet. Matheny let Miller face Belt (who he retired on a fly out) and then allowed him three more batters, including two lefties, before pulling him. You have to figure Matheny wanted to milk another inning from Miller against the bottom of the order and it just didn't work out. Still, while it didn't result in any harm being done, it was one of those sequences that made you ponder whether Matheny had reacted a heartbeat or two too slow.

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If not Miller, the big goat on St. Louis' side of things will be Matt Adams. Though he recorded two hits and drove in a run, he also botched consecutive plays during the sixth inning that allowed the tying and go-ahead runs to score. Placing the entire loss on Adams' back seems harsh, but the truth of the matter is defensive mistakes like his get magnified in tight games. Factor in the circumstances—the word of the game was pivotal—and he needed a bigger night at the plate to overshadow his throwing woes.

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Kolten Wong added two more extra-base hits to his postseason total, giving him seven in 10 games. He had 29 extra-base hits in 113 regular-season games. Makes sense.

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Despite all the will-he-or-won't-he drama surrounding Yadier Molina, somehow A.J. Pierzynski was able to announce his presence with a bit of gamesmanship.

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In case you were keeping track: neither Tim Lincecum nor Michael Wacha has appeared in a game this postseason.

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Wacha might only get one more shot. The Giants, with the ever-talented Madison Bumgarner on the mound, will try to advance to a date with the Royals in the World Series on Thursday night.