National League Game Summary - San Francisco at Cincinnati|
(Tuesday, October 9th)
Final Score: San Francisco 2, Cincinnati 1 (10 innings)
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants staved off
elimination Tuesday and did so by not driving in a run with a hit.
Buster Posey scored on third baseman Scott Rolen's two-out error in the top of
the 10th inning, and the Giants edged the Cincinnati Reds, 2-1, at Great
American Ball Park, a venue that had recently not been kind to the NL West
The third game of this Division Series was dominated by stellar pitching.
San Francisco entered the 10th with only one hit, a two-out single in the
sixth by Marco Scutaro off Cincinnati's Homer Bailey, who struck out 10 and
walked one over seven frames.
"Homer was lights out," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "That's the best I've
seen Homer. I didn't see his no-hitter (Sept. 28 at Pittsburgh) because I was
in the hospital. He's getting better and better and that's what we had hoped."
Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton (0-1) gave up back-to-back singles to Posey and
Hunter Pence in the fateful 10th before fanning Brandon Belt and Xavier
Nady. Posey then scored when Rolen bobbled a chopper and Joaquin Arias beat
the throw to first base.
"It was a tough play," Baker said. "The ball came up on him at the last
minute. This guy is one of the best. You got to give the base runner credit
for hustling down the line at the same time. Most guys, they're out on that
ball. That was just a series of bad events."
Ryan Hanigan's passed ball had allowed the Giants catcher to get to third.
Sergio Romo (1-0) secured the win by tossing his second straight 1-2-3 inning.
The Giants will look to even this best-of-five set on Wednesday.
Only four teams -- all from the American League -- have battled back from an
0-2 deficit to advance since Division Series play began in 1995.
The odds become more daunting for the Giants considering the Reds' longest
losing streak at home during the regular season was only two games.
"You never know what can happen, but I do know that we had to win today,"
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We had no choice. We couldn't do much early
in that game."
Angel Pagan contributed a sacrifice fly for San Francisco, which had lost
seven of its previous eight regular-season games in Cincinnati.
Ryan Vogelsong, like Bailey, made his first career playoff start. He pitched
five frames for the Giants, tossing 30 of his 95 pitches during a laborious
"(Vogelsong) was trying to settle in," Bochy said. "Once he did, he pitched
Brandon Phillips began the bottom of the first with a chopper back up the
middle for a leadoff single. He stole second on a pitch that got away from
Posey, but was nailed trying to scamper to third.
The aggressive base running wound up costing Cincinnati a run because three of
the next four batters reached base. Zack Cozart walked and Ryan Ludwick lined
a two-out single to left field before Jay Bruce plated Cozart with a base hit
through a hole on the right side.
Vogelsong, however, kept the damage to one run by striking out Rolen looking
on a pitch down and in.
San Francisco tied the game in the third. Bailey drilled the leadoff batter,
Gregor Blanco, with a pitch and walked Brandon Crawford, the No. 8 hitter,
before Vogelsong advanced the runners with a sac bunt. Blanco then scurried
home on Pagan's fly ball to center.
Vogelsong didn't allow another hit during his outing. He did issue consecutive
two-out walks to Joey Votto and Ludwick in the third, but Bruce flied out.
The Reds recorded only one hit after the first, an infield single by Rolen
with two gone in the sixth. San Francisco's Jeremy Affeldt then retired
Hanigan on a 4-3 grounder with two men aboard. The southpaw had hit Bruce with
a pitch prior to Rolen's swinging bunt.
The last time the Giants dropped three straight playoff games came in 2003,
when they lost Games 2-4 to the Florida Marlins in the Division Series ...
Bailey threw 88 pitches, 60 for strikes.
10/09 22:32:25 ET