NLDS: Cincinnati Reds Make Statement in Game 2 Beatdown of San Francisco Giants

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NLDS: Cincinnati Reds Make Statement in Game 2 Beatdown of San Francisco Giants
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Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto connects for one of his three hits during Game 2 of the NLDS

Bronson Arroyo and the Cincinnati Reds capped off one amazing weekend on the San Francisco Bay with a 9-0 rout of the Giants.

Arroyo's performance followed a 5-2 win in Game 1 that saw Reds starter Johnny Cueto leave the game after only eight pitches due to back spasms.

With the odds stacked against them this team has continued to win. Joey Votto goes down, the team responds with a 32-16 record in his absence. Manager Dusty Baker leaves team for health reasons, the team responds by winning seven of eleven. Johnny Cueto goes down in Game 1 of the NLDS, the Reds pitching staff picks up the slack and slaps a 5-2 loss on the Giants.

Heck, the Reds entered the weekend facing two pitchers with home ERAs of 2.03 (Matt Cain) and 2.38 (Madison Bumgarner). The Reds chased Cain after only five innings and Bumgarner after only 4.1 innings.

Check out these stats: Reds batters have hit six home runs in five games at AT&T Park this year. Giants pitchers had given up only 53 home runs in 81 home games all season. The Reds also collected 22 hits and 14 runs during the two NLDS games in San Francisco.

Brandon Phillips has a .500 batting average and four RBI in the series. Joey Votto is hitting .429. Jay Bruce is hitting .333 with three extra-base hits and three RBI. And Ryan Hanigan is hitting .375 with three RBI, while veteran Ryan Ludwick is also chipping in with a .333 BA and a home run.

The Cincinnati Reds are focused, they are clutch, they are clicking on all cylinders, they come to the office and they do their job. 

All together, this equals winning.

This team, right now, looks and acts like a championship club. If you didn't believe the Cincinnati Reds were the team to beat before Sunday night, you should now.

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