Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 10/19/12
ST. LOUIS When the damage was over, when the St. Louis Cardinals' hopes of closing this National League Championship Series at home were all but gone, Lance Lynn walked toward his dugout to little applause. It was a polite clap from few, the recognition a far cry from what the burly right-hander had in mind on what could have been a night of champagne and celebration to mark his franchise's 19th NL pennant. Such visions were short-lived during the San Francisco Giants' 5-0 victory in Game 5 on Friday night, dashed with the NL West champion's four-run barrage in the fourth inning at a chilled Busch Stadium to cut the Cardinals' series lead to 3-2.Lynn's messy stretch lacked many things: Poise and control, command and a soft touch when throwing to second base, chief among them. So with Lynn's loose hand, the Giants were made stronger. This series returns Sunday to San Francisco, where St. Louis must answer in a hostile setting with World Series dreams swirling around the Bay Area...
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