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League Championship Series
10/14/2002 01:34 am ET 
MLB.com rates the performances
By Jared Hoffman / MLB.com

The Giants beat the Cardinals 4-3 in a Game 4 thriller that put the Giants one step closer to reaching the World Series for only the third time since moving to San Francisco. The Cardinals' goal of winning their first World Series since 1982 is beginning to fade as they now trail the NLCS three games to one. The Giants broke a 2-2 tie on Benito Santiago's two-run homer in the eighth and survived St. Louis' rally in the ninth.

Cardinals

One riverboat: Your performance has Proud Mary wearing a paper bag
Two riverboats: Not even hope could float your boat
Three riverboats: You're up the river but without a paddle
Four riverboats: You're rolling, rolling, rolling down the river
Five riverboats: You're as mighty as the Mississippi River


Andy Benes: He had a very solid outing and was only in trouble in the first and final inning of his start. Beginning with Santiago's flyout to end the first with runners at the corners, Benes retired 14 of 16 batters, the only hit in that stretch being Reggie Sanders' single to lead off the fifth. Benes' outing might have lasted longer if he hadn't walked Jeff Kent after being ahead in the count 0-2.


Fernando Viña: Viña's performance in Game 4 was a little more reminiscent of what he did against Arizona in the NLDS. Viña led all Cardinals hitters with three hits, including a ninth-inning single against Nen. He also scored a run in the first.


Jim Edmonds: The No. 3 hitter came through big at the beginning and end of the game, driving in the game's first run on an RBI groundout and singling to right in the ninth to make it a one-run ballgame. Edmonds also singled to right to lead off the third inning but was stranded on third base.


Albert Pujols: He was hit by a pitch and scored in the first and singled in the third, but that was the extent of his production. The Cardinals had the tying run at third with only one out in the ninth, but Pujols struck out against Nen. Pujols left three men on base and hasn't driven in a run since Game 1.


Rick White: White surrendered the game-tying double to Snow in the sixth on a pitch Snow deserves some credit for hitting. But the reliever was just one batter away from a decent outing: He escaped further damage that inning by striking out Reggie Sanders, worked a perfect seventh and then retired Rich Aurilia and Kent to start the eighth. White intentionally walked Barry Bonds and gave up the two-run homer to Santiago that proved to be the game winner.

Giants

One cable car: Broken down in the middle of rush-hour traffic
Two cable cars: Standing in a long line waiting for your turn
Three cable cars: Packed with tourists, but enjoying the ride
Four cable cars: Climbing halfway to the stars
Five cable cars: Atop Nob Hill, and you get to ring the bell


Benito Santiago: After stranding four runners in his first three trips to the plate, Santiago came through with the biggest hit of the night for the Giants. After the Cardinals intentionally walked Barry Bonds with two outs and nobody on, Santiago sent a 3-and-2 pitch from Rick White into the left-field bleachers to give the Giants a 4-2 lead.


J.T. Snow: The Giants were down 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth with runners at first and second and two outs, and Snow rocketed a pitch from reliever Rick White off the left-center-field wall for a two-run double to tie the game. It was only the Giants' third hit of the game and their first for extra bases.


Bullpen (sans Nen): Starter Livan Hernandez left the game with one out in the seventh and the potential go-ahead run at second. Reliever Felix Rodriguez retired Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols to end the inning. Scott Eyre began the eighth and Tim Worrell came on with a runner at first and one out and retired Eli Marrero and Mike Matheny.


Livan Hernandez: After giving up two runs in the first inning, Hernandez kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard for the remainder of his 6 1/3-inning start and left seven Redbirds on base. With Russ Ortiz not getting through the fifth inning in his Game 3 start, the Giants needed Hernandez to go deep into the game, and the right-hander obliged.


Robb Nen: He picked up the save Sunday but it was anything but smooth sailing. He struck out the leadoff hitter, Kerry Robinson, but strike three was a wild pitch that allowed Robinson to reach first base. Fernando Viña and Edmonds followed with base hits to make it 4-3 with runners at the corners and only one out. But Nen redeemed himself by fanning Pujols and J.D. Drew to end it.

Jared Hoffman is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.




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