San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds: Team Grades from NLDS Game 1

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San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds: Team Grades from NLDS Game 1
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The Cincinnati Reds knocked out San Francisco Giants ace Matt Cain after only five innings of work to propel them to a 5-2 victory in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

Cain only allowed five base runners, but three of them scored on a two-run homer by Brandon Phillips and a solo shot by Jay Bruce.

That was all the offense the Reds would need to muster against the Giants on Saturday night in their 5-2 victory.

Despite losing starting pitcher Johnny Cueto mid-way through the second hitter of the game to an apparent back injury, the Reds were able to limit the Giants offense to just two runs. Dusty Baker went to Sam LeCure to get through the remainder of the first two innings before turning to scheduled Game 3 starter Mat Latos for four innings of work.

Baker's bullpen use stymied the Giants offense. The Giants' best opportunity to take control of the game came in the second inning when Brandon Belt drew a two-out walk and Gregor Blanco followed with a double. Center fielder Drew Stubbs was able to cut the ball off in the gap to keep Belt from scoring. Baker then intentionally walked Brandon Crawford to get to Matt Cain, who hit a line drive right at right fielder Jay Bruce to end the threat.

The Giants again hit into bad luck in the fourth. After Hunter Pence led off with an infield single, Belt crushed a line drive right at Joey Votto for a rally-killing double play.

The breaks didn't go the Giants' way in their Game 1 loss. With only one home game left, they'll somehow have to win three of the next four games in this series to advance. The odds have shifted strongly into the Reds favor now that they have a 1-0 lead to go with their home field advantage.

Let's take a look at the grades for Game 1.

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