Williams was a first-round pick of San Francisco in 2007.
Cruz struck in the fourth inning. With the game tied, Cruz stepped to the plate with the bases empty. On the second pitch of the at-bat, he belted an 88 mph slider out to left to put his team ahead. Cruz would also walk twice during the contest. He finished 1 for 2, with two runs scored and one RBI.
Molina is dealing with an oblique injury, and is still having trouble swinging a bat. Tony Cruz will get the start with Molina on the bench.
With Yadier Molina still unable to return due to an oblique injury, the team will turn to Cruz. A.J. Pierzynski got the nod for Game 4, but will be relagated to the bench Game 5. Cruz hit .200/.270/.259 over 135 at-bats in the regular season.
General manager Neal Huntington has said the club will do whatever it can to retain Martin, but there's some believe he's already priced himself out of Pittsburgh's budget. The club reportedly offered Martin a long-term deal during the season, but Martin declined.
With the qualifying offer, Martin could return to the Pirates for one season at a $15.3 million salary. He's expected to receive a lucrative multi-year deal on the market, so he may end up declining that offer. Martin hit .290/.402/.430 over 379 at-bats.
Posey put the Giants on the board with a sacrifice fly in the first inning to tie the score 1-1. The Cardinals were able to put three more runs on the board in the next two innings, but Posey responded with an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. After the Giants took a lead in the sixth, the catcher added an insurance run with another RBI single. Posey has posted a .333 batting average in 39 postseason at-bats but has yet to mange an extra-base hit. Even so, his excellent Game 4 performance has the Giants one win away from heading to the World Series. Game 5 is set for Thursday.
Molina, who sustained the injury Sunday, is 5 for 21 in the 2014 postseason.
Molina is attempting to fight through an oblique injury. Though the issue kept him out of the starting lineup Tuesday, Molina has been adamant that his season isn't done. Molina will likely receive an injection Tuesday or Wednesday.
The Cardinals' medical staff said Molina can't hurt himself further, according to USA Today. It's just a pain-tolerance issue.