Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants: Team Grades from NLDS Game 2

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Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants: Team Grades from NLDS Game 2
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The Cincinnati Reds are heading home with a 2-0 lead over the San Francisco Giants in the 2012 National League Division Series, and Game 2 turned out to be a crucial game for both teams.

With a 9-0 victory, the Reds took control of this series. It was a team effort on Sunday night, and it was the best all-around performance by the team in a long time.

San Francisco now faces the challenge of having to win three straight games at Great American Ball Park. On the other hand, Cincinnati just needs to win one game and could possibly have its top two pitchers to close out the series if necessary.

The Reds set the tone early in Game 2, and the Giants never appeared to have a chance after the second inning. A dominant pitching performance by Bronson Arroyo kept the Giants off the bases all night.

Although the series is not over, the Giants need to regroup if they hope to avoid a sweep. The pitching has been decent through the first two games, but the offense is struggling to get going.

So how exactly did Game 2 unfold? 

 

*Stats from ESPN.com

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