Through the first three games of the National League Championship Series, the Giants' bullpen has been the best component of the team, combining for 8⅔ scoreless innings and limiting the Cardinals to just a hit and two walks.
But somewhere in the dugout, there was a rope hanging from the ceiling, and a clearly marked sign reading "REGRESSION", and some idiot done got too curious and gave it a tug. That's not how regression works, but I'm sticking with my story. In the sixth inning, the Cardinals blew open Game 4 of the NLCS, scoring twice against a trio of relievers, and giving them a commanding lead in a game that would give them a commanding lead in the series.
The inning opened with George Kontos on the mound and the bottom of the Cardinals' order up. Ah, but the bottom of the Cardinals' order consists of Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma, who have licked some sort of clutch-secreting toad. Both of them singled, and they were moved to second and third with a Adam Wainwright bunt. With one out, Jon Jay drove a double to right-center, scoring both runners.
The Cardinals are up 6-1, and the Giants are down to their final nine outs of Game 4.