Much like the rest of his teammates from 2012, Lance Lynn remembers the turning point of the 2012 National League Championship Series–the fourth inning of Game 5.
“I know that we had a chance to win that series and I didn’t get the job done,” stated Lynn on Saturday. “Whenever you don’t get the job done, it definitely is something that you don’t forget.”
Down three games to one and facing elimination from the series, the San Francisco Giants scored four runs in that 4th inning off Lynn, who made an errant throw to second base which allowed a run. The eventual victory proved to be a momentum shift that was never recovered by St. Louis.
Lynn not only has a chance for revenge, but will take the mound tonight seek an important victory to even the NLCS at one win apiece before the shift to San Francisco for the next three games. And his attitude might be just what is needed to get the Cardinals back on track after a disappointing Game 1.
“Confidence has never been a problem, that’s for sure,” said Lynn of how he has grown over the last few seasons. “I just go out and pitch, I don’t worry about anything. Pretty simple.”
This is the fourth trip in four seasons to the NLCS for Lynn.
“In 2011, I was a reliever, so a lot of different approach,” compared the right-hander. “I was a rookie in 2011, so I really didn’t know what I was doing. I was just along for the ride. Now being this is my fourth straight NLCS, I have a little bit of a clue what’s going on. Still don’t have it figured out, but I’m looking forward to this one.”
First pitch is set for 7:07pm CT.
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