St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong is congratulated after hitting a walk off home run during the ninth inning in Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

“You can’t say enough about what he has done for our team, the way he handles our pitching staff and the leader he is,” leadoff man Matt Carpenter said after the Cardinals beat the Giants 5-4 Sunday to even the NL Championship Series at a game apiece.

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz holds his knee after going down while chasing a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

“Certainly there was a lot of pain and he is going to have to go through a lot to get back to where he was,” Coughlin said of the former free agent who emerged as the Giants’ big playmaker.

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“That is a real good team,” said Kuemper, who blanked Colorado 5-0 at home in the season opener on Thursday. “But we stuck in there. We weathered a lot of their storms.”

Wendy Johnson wears a pair of Charm City Sole's summer 2013 collection entitled Edie, July 8 at her home in Aurora.

“Any competitive person, their patience is going to be tested when they’re not playing as much as they want to,” Hillman said. “So, I think that was definitely tested, and me being patient is paying off, just being ready when I’m called on.”

May 15 at the Arapahoe Park Horse Track. The 2013 live season begins May 25.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“The challenging thing, you’re going against, gosh, Bobby Fischer, I guess, as far as a chess game’s concerned or something,” Ryan said, referring to the late American chess champion.