The San Francisco Giants scraped out a tough 2-1 victory in 10 innings to stay alive in the NLDS. Starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong did not have his best stuff, but battled his way through six very challenging innings, allowing only one run.
The Giants scored a run in the third inning without the benefit of a hit, as Gregor Blanco was hit by a pitch and Brandon Crawford followed with a walk. A sacrifice bunt by Vogelsong moved the runners up and Angel Pagan delivered a sacrifice fly to knot the game at one run apiece.
The Giants scored in the 10th inning and were the beneficiaries of a passed ball and an error by Scott Rolen. The error allowed Buster Posey to score the go-ahead run and Sergio Romo set the Reds down in order during his second inning of work.
The Giants now trail the series 2-1, but the Reds have to be looking at this game as an opportunity missed. In baseball, momentum can switch quickly, and if the Giants can get off to a good start in Game 4, the Reds may start feeling the pressure.
The Giants will continue to battle and there are several players who must step up if they hope to make this improbable comeback a reality. Let's take a look at the five most important players that must come through for the Giants.