The win was almost essential to St. Louis' chances this year. The Cards came into the postseason short starter Mark Mulder, who is out indefinitely after left shoulder surgery. Weaver, who didn't even join the Cardinals until July 5 in a trade with the Angels, needs to come up big."We have to get a good game from one of our other pitchers so we can get back to Carpenter again," said La Russa, who has slated last year's NL Cy Young Award winner for a possible Game 4 at Busch Stadium on Sunday. The Padres need to generate some offense and jump out to a rare quick lead. They are built around their bullpen and win over 90 percent of the time when they lead heading into the late innings. Trevor Hoffman, the all-time leader with 482 saves, has made only one game-on-the-line appearance in the seven previous postseason contests against the Cardinals, losing Game 3 of the 1996 series when St. Louis snapped a 5-5 tie with two runs in the top of the ninth for a 7-5 series-closing win at what was then called San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. "We have to regroup," Bochy said about the fate of his team. "We've been resilient all year. That's the way we have to be now. It was one game and we got beat. We have to put that behind us and come out and keep grinding. That's all you can do at this point."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less