SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants sure are tough to eliminate this postseason. Barry Zito and the Giants gave themself at least one more game in the NL championship series with a victory Friday in St. Louis to force Sunday’s Game 6 back at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. Just where the NL West winners want to be with their season on the line.
The Cardinals are back out West again for a trip they certainly hoped they wouldn’t have to make. St. Louis leads the best-of-seven series 3-2, needing one more win to return to the World Series.
But the Cardinals know what this Giants team already did during these playoffs: winning three straight at Cincinnati in the division series after falling behind 2-0.
Ryan Vogelsong starts for the Giants against Chris Carpenter.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams have done a good job of filling in for injured wide receiver Danny Amendola.
The team’s leading receiver injured his shoulder against Arizona on Oct. 4, missed Sunday’s loss at Miami and is expected to miss at least another three games.
The rest of the receivers picked up the slack against the Dolphins with 10 players making a catch.
While Amendola was the go-to guy from his slot position recording team highs in receptions (32) and yards (395), the Rams have had several other players contribute. That has made the transition easier as St. Louis (3-3) prepares to host Green Bay (3-3) this afternoon.
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Kierra Harris and Ashton Glaser each ran for a touchdown, and the Missouri State defense recorded two safeties Saturday to shock Illinois State 24-17.
After Harris’ 1-yard score, Nate Davis sacked Matt Brown, whose fumble bounced out of the ISU end zone to give the Bears (2-6, 2-3 Missouri Valley) a 9-0 lead. But Brown recovered to hit Tyrone Walker for TDs of 4 and 15 yards, and the Redbirds (6-2, 3-2) took a 14-9 lead into the fourth.
Austin Witmer’s 20-yard field goal and Glaser’s 2-yard run put Missouri State up 19-14. The Bears added two more points when Howard Scarborough tackled Darrelynn Dunn in the end zone, and another Witmer field goal made it 24-14.
Nick Aussieker’s 47-yard field goal pulled ISU within seven with 10 seconds left, but the Redbirds couldn’t recover the ensuing onside kick. ISU had been trying for its first 7-1 start since 1967.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Junior came back from two laps down yesterday to win the Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway. The race was extended six laps because of a late caution, which helped Stenhouse grab his sixth win of the season because the cars in front of him didn’t have enough gas to make it to the finish line in Kansas City.