For the fourth time in the 2012 playoffs, the San Francisco Giants look to stave off elimination on the road when they face the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in Game 5 of the NLCS. The Giants send Barry Zito to the mound against the Cardinals' Lance Lynn.
Zito started Game 4 of the NLDS, lasting just 2 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on four hits. He did strike out four batters in that time period before turning the game over to Tim Lincecum and the Giants bullpen. Zito will likely have to pitch longer than 2 2/3 innings since Tim Lincecum will likely be unavailable to come out of the bullpen like he was against the Reds.
The Cardinals will also be hoping for Lynn to be better than he was in his last outing. Lynn cruised through the first three innings of Game 1 against the Giants before allowing four runs in the fourth inning.
First pitch is scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. PT from Busch Stadium. It can be seen on Fox and can be heard on KNBR 680 AM in the Bay Area.