Reds vs. Giants: Cincinnati Slugs Its Way To 2-0 NLDS Lead

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2012

The San Francisco Giants were within striking distance for much of the night, but a five-run rally in the eighth inning pushed the Cincinnati Reds to a 9-0 win in Game 2 of their National League Division Series.

The Reds now hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. And while the Reds' offensive output was essential to their victory, this one came down to Bronson Arroyo.

Arroyo hurled seven scoreless frames, allowing one hit and striking out four in the process. He threw 57 of 91 pitches for strikes, keeping Giants hitters off balance all night for the win.

Ryan Ludwick started the Reds' scoring in the second inning with a solo home run to center field. Scott Rolen pushed the score to 2-0 with a one-run single in the fourth, and Ryan Hanigan's two-run single later that inning pushed the margin to 4-0 in Cincinnati's favor.

That's where the score stood until the Reds decided that wasn't good enough.

Jay Bruce started the eighth-inning onslaught with a two-run double to deep right field, scoring Votto and Chris Heisey. Hanigan singled home Bruce after that, and Drew Stubbs' triple ensured that Hanigan found his way across the plate.

Brandon Phillips' one-run double would then score Stubbs, capping off the monster rally in the game's penultimate frame. 

The Giants didn't have a prayer after that. The Reds bullpen is devastating; J.J. Hoover and Jose Arredondo made sure that reputation remained intact.

Giants starter Madison Bumgarner allowed four runs in 4.1 innings, but relievers Jose Mijares and Guillermo Mota gave up the most crucial runs.

As a team, the Reds wound up with 13 hits, versus the Giants' two, summing up the game's action to a tee.

Check out the post-game wrap-up from San Francisco:

San Francisco will send Ryan Vogelsong (14-9, 3.37 ERA) to the mound Tuesday in Cincinnati (5:37 ET on TBS) as they attempt to stave off elimination, while the Reds send Homer Bailey (13-10, 3.68 ERA) to try to close out the series.

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