San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds: Team Grades from NLDS Game 3
The San Francisco Giants were facing elimination and they needed a win to keep their World Series hopes alive.
San Francisco was able to pick up a 2-1 victory in extra innings to stay alive and cut the Reds' series lead to two games to one. Now, the Giants will look to bring the series to a decisive Game 5 with a win on Wednesday.
Here is how Game 3 graded out in Cincinnati.
Homer Bailey: A+
Line: 7 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
After his no-hitter a few weeks ago, there were certainly high expectations for Homer Bailey coming into his first postseason start of the year. He certainly lived up to them with an outstanding performance. It took until there were two outs in the sixth inning for the Giants to finally get a hit off Bailey. If Bailey is able to pitch like this throughout the postseason, the Reds are the team to beat.
Sean Marshall: A+
Line: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Sean Marshall was brought on for one inning and he did exactly what the Reds needed him to do. He kept the Giants scoreless and did not allow any of them to reach base.
Aroldis Chapman: A+
Line: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Three up and three down. Aroldis Chapman showed up his blazing fastball and Giants hitters simply looked overmatched.
Jonathan Broxton: D+
Line: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
After getting off to an inauspicious start and allowing two consecutive singles, Broxton was able to turn things around and strike out Brandon Belt and Xavier Nady. Following a passed ball and a error by Scott Rolen, the Giants were able to get a run in the 10th.
San Francisco Giants
Ryan Vogelsong: B+
Line: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Ryan Vogelsong got himself in trouble a few times. In the first inning he was able to escape by only giving up one run and he prevented the Reds from scoring in the third after he walked two batters with two outs. He got the job done and kept the Giants in the game.
Jeremy Affeldt: A-
Line: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Jeremy Affeldt did a great job of keeping his team in the game. He hit Jay Bruce with a pitch and allowed an infield single to Scott Rolen in the sixth, but he was able to recover and get out of the inning unscathed.
Santiago Casilla: B
Line: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
The Giants turned to Casilla in the bottom half of the eighth inning. He labored through the inning and needed 19 pitches to get two outs. He did keep the Reds scoreless in the inning.
Javier Lopez: A+
Line: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
He came in to face Jay Bruce and he got him out in the bottom of the eighth.
Sergio Romo: A+
Line: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Sergio Romo came in and got the job done for the San Francisco Giants. He shut down the Cincinnati Reds in the last two inning of the game and was able to pick up a win as a result.
2B Brandon Phillips (1-5)
SS Zack Cozart (0-4, R)
1B Joey Votto (0-2, 2 BB)
LF Ryan Ludwick (1-3, BB)
RF Jay Bruce (1-3, HBP, RBI)
3B Scott Rolen (1-4)
C Ryan Hanigan (0-4)
CF Drew Stubbs (0-4)
The Reds scored a run in the first inning and could have had more if Brandon Phillips did not get greedy when he was stealing second on a passed ball and then tried for third base. It likely cost the Reds a run, as he could have scored on Jay Bruce’s single. That play could have cost the Reds the game.
After the first inning, the Reds managed just two more hits on the night. Their offense did not show up and it wasted an outstanding pitching performance from Homer Bailey.
San Francisco Giants
CF Angel Pagan (0-3, RBI)
2B Marco Scutaro (1-4)
3B Pablo Sandoval (0-4)
C Buster Posey (1-4, R)
RF Hunter Pence (1-4)
1B Brandon Belt (0-4)
LF Gregor Blanco (0-1, HBP, R)
SS Brandon Crawford (0-1, BB)
While the Giants struggled mightily through the first nine innings, managing just one hit, they were able to double that amount when their first two hitters came to the plate in the 10th.
They picked up their first run on an Angel Pagan sacrifice fly in the third inning and they scored their second on a Scott Rolen error. It was not an impressive performance by the Giants offense, but it was enough to get the job done.
In the bottom of the seventh with the score tied at one, Dusty Baker sent Todd Frazier out to pinch hit for Homer Bailey with one out and no one on. Frazier promptly grounded out to second. This decision deserves to be questioned, because Bailey was in the middle of an outstanding performance and he had only thrown 88 pitches in the game.
Baker turned to Xavier Paul to pinch hit for Jonathan Broxton in the bottom of the 10th. This did not work out for the Reds, either, as Paul grounded out. Baker did a good job of managing the game, but it was not his best.
Manager Bruce Bochy decided to pinch hit for starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong in the top of the sixth inning with Aubrey Huff. Vogelsong had already thrown 95 pitches, but was pitching well and likely could have gone another inning.
Bochy chose to use three consecutive pinch hitters to lead off the eighth. He had Xavier Nady, who had a .184 batting average on the year, pinch hit for Gregor Blanco, Joaquin Arias bat for Brandon Crawford, and Ryan Theriot came in to hit for the pitcher. These moves did not work out well, as Nady struck out, Arias flied out to right, and Theriot grounded out to short. These moves left the Giants with one bench player late in a tie game.
One thing that Bochy did do well was manage his pitchers. They kept the game close and did a solid job of preventing the Reds from reaching base.
Final Team Grades
Cincinnati Reds Grade: C+
For the first nine innings of the game, the Cincinnati Reds pitching staff was great, holding the opposition to just one hit.
Homer Bailey looks like he has continued to build off of his no-hitter. Aroldis Chapman has showed how devastating his heater could be.
The biggest problem for the Reds this game was their offense. They were unable to successfully put themselves in situations where they would have a chance to win the game. This cost them the victory and the series sweep.
San Francisco Giants Grade: B-
Pitching has been a strength of San Francisco all year and it showed Monday tonight. Ryan Vogelsong put in a solid performance and the bullpen was lights out. They only allowed four hits to the Reds all game.
The Giants struggled at the plate, however. With only one hit in the first nine innings, the Giants offense was anemic. Still, they picked things up when it mattered in extra innings. Even though the Giants had just three singles in the game, that was enough for them to come up with the win.