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2B Brandon Phillips (2-5, RBI)
SS Zack Cozart (1-4)
1B Joey Votto (3-4)
LF Ryan Ludwick (2-3, HR, BB)
RF Jay Bruce (1-5, 2 RBI)
3B Scott Rolen (1-3, BB, RBI)
C Ryan Hanigan (2-4, 3 RBI)
CF Drew Stubbs (1-4, RBI)
P Bronson Arroyo (0-4)
This lineup has gotten out to early leads in the first two games thanks to a couple of long balls, and then it tacked on runs later in the game. In Game 2, Ryan Ludwick gave the Reds a 1-0 lead in the second inning by launching the first pitch into the stands in center field.
It was a balanced attack as every starter (not counting Arroyo) recorded a base hit. Cincinnati had a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning and played small ball late in the game. The offense finally put the game away with five runs in the eighth inning to make it 9-0. The Reds had not scored nine runs since the final game of August.
Here's a fun stat:
2010 NLDS against the Philadelphia Phillies (3 games): 4 runs on 9 hits
2012 NLDS against San Francisco (2 games): 14 runs on 22 hits
San Francisco lineup:
CF Angel Pagan (0-4)
2B Marco Scutaro (0-4)
3B Pablo Sandoval (1-4)
C Buster Posey (0-2, 2 BB)
RF Hunter Pence (0-4)
1B Brandon Belt (1-3)
LF Gregor Blanco (0-2)
SS Brandon Crawford (0-2, BB)
P Madison Bumgarner (0-1)
The Giants came into the postseason on an offensive tear, but the Reds have managed to shut down this lineup. Game 2 was a tough one to watch for Giants fans. San Francisco failed to get more than one runner on base in an inning all game.
There were too many easy ground balls and lazy fly balls against Arroyo, which made it tough to put together a rally.The Giants finally got a runner to second base in the eighth inning against rookie J.J. Hoover on a defensive indifference, but stranded him. There's not much to say about the lineup on this kind of a night.
Against Bronson Arroyo: 7 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 R (no runner reached second)
Against J.J. Hoover: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 R (runner reached second on defensive indifference)
Against Jose Arredondo: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 R (runners reached second and third)
The Giants were outhit 13-2 in Game 2.