CINCINNATI - The Giants edged out a win over the Reds in extra innings in Game 3 of the NLDS at Great American Ball Park. Follow a pitch-by-pitch recap below.
GAME OVER: Giants 2, Reds 1. Game 4 will be Wednesday at 4:07 p.m. here at GABP.
Bot 10th - Paul swings at the first pitch by Romo and grounds out to third. 1 out, Phillips at the plate. Phillips gets under a 1-1 pitch and it's out No. 2. Cozart grounds a 2-2 pitch to the pitcher for the last out. Reds lose this one.
Mid 10th - Broxton did a great job to recover from the two leadoff singles, but sometimes things jut don't bounce your way, and that's what happened for Scott Rolen as the ground ball bounced off his mid-section and he had to re-field it off the ground after it came off. Xavier Paul will lead off for the Reds.
Top 10th (cont) - Giants pitcher Romo hits because the Giants only have one pinch hitter on their bench left. Broxton rings him up looking for the third out, but the Reds have work to do.
SCORE ALERT: Arias knocks a grounder to Rolen, but a hard hop eats him up, he bobbles it and Arias is safe. Posey gets in from thrid, Giants 2, Reds 1. Error charged to Rolen.
Top 10th - Buster Posey finally waits for his pitch, and puts a single through the right side. Man on first with no outs. Hunter Pence was seen by the trainer after it looked like he twisted his ankle on a foul ball, but he stays in there with a 2-2 count. He works it to a 3-2 count and puts one in the gap on the left side for his first hit of the series. Two men on with no outs. Giants are hitting 'em where they ain't at the right time. Broxton gets a big swinging strike out on Brandon Belt with an offspeed pitch. 1 down and two on. Lincecum up in the bullpen for the Giants. Broxton serves up a 95mph fastball for a swinging strikeout on Nady for two outs. Great poise on the mound. Broxton throws a fastball too far inside, and it's ruled a passed ball as it gets by Hanigan. Runners advance to second and third.
End 9th - Reds 1, Giants 1 - Time for some heroics. Jonathan Broxton will take the mound to buy the Reds one more inning.
Bot 9th - Scott Rolen takes a big cut, but pops out to left field for the first out. This place got real loud for that. Ryan Hanigan also hit a monster to center, but again, just a long out. Two big cuts, two big hits, but the cold air is knocking these balls down where a month ago they might have gone out. Stubbs pops up the first pitch out of the zone, and we're going to extra innings.
Mid 9th - It all comes down to this. Sergio Romo is the new pitcher for the Giants, and he had a 1.79 ERA this season, so he'll be a tough hit.
Top 9th - Chapman starts with heat on Pagan, 97, 98, 100, 100, 99 and strike three at 100. First out. Chapman gets Scutaro to pop out to Votto for out No. 2. Chapman puts away Sandoval with heat, strike 3. It all comes down to the Reds bats in the bottom of the 9th.
End 8th - Reds 1, Giants 1. Guess who? Aroldis Chapman has taken the mound for the top of the 9th to shut down the Giants hitters. Chapman gave the Reds a scare in their Game 1 victory by loading the bases and allowing a run to score on a wild pitch, but he ultimately got the job done. The crowd got quite loud for Chapman as he trotted from the bullpen to the mound.
Bot 8th - Zach Cozart hits a monster shot to center, but Angel Pagan caught it at the warning track for the first out. Votto is up next, and a deafening "Joey! Joey! Joey!" chant starts up here at GABP. Casilla got a gift on Votto's second strike that was definitely outside, but Votto draws the walk, and is on first with 1 out. Ludwick worked a 3-2 count, but Casilla blew a 95 mph fastball by Ludwick swinging for strike 3. Two outs and Javier Lopez will be the new pitcher to face Jay Bruce. Lopez had a 2.50 ERA in the regular season, and picked up the win in the same game Sean Marshall blew back in April. Bruce blooped one behind the shortstop, but Arias handled it for out No. 3.
Mid 8th - Reds pitching continues to perform well, but the Giants' pitchers decided to show up today for the first time this series as well. Taking over at the mound for San Francisco is Santiago Casilla. Casilla gave up 2 runs, 1 earned, in Game 1 that helped the Reds space the lead out in the 9th. Nady stays in the game in left, and Arias stays in the game at shortstop. Javier Lopez is warming for the Giants, and big lefty Aroldis Chapman is in the pen for the Reds, hoping that they tack on a run this half inning.
Top 8th - Xavier Nady pinch hits for Blanco, but Marshall gets him swinging on a hard biting breaking ball. Joaquin Arias pinch hits for Brandon Crawford next. Oh, and the howling here at GABP has started, 44,000 strong. Arias hits a 2-2 offspeed pitch in the air to right, but Bruce has plenty of time to catch it for the second out. Ryan Theriot is the third straight pinch hitter, this for the pitcher's spot and Affeldt's day is done after 2 innings pitched, 1 hit, 1 hit batter and a strikeout. Theriot
gives a grounder to Cozart for the third out.
End 7th - Reds 1, Giants 1 - It looks like the Reds left their offense in San Francisco. Sean Marshall takes over on the hill, and he blew a lead against San Francisco back in April, giving up 3 runs in the top of the 9th. Hopefully that doesn't jinx it.
Bot 7th - Drew Stubbs grounds out to start the inning. Homer Bailey will take his leave, and the crowd gives him a standing ovation for his job well done. A very similar performance to Bronson Arroyo's last night. Todd Frazier pinch hits. Bailey's line: 7 innings, 1 hit, 1 run, 10 strikeouts, 1 walk. Couldn't ask for more. Frazier grounds to second base for the second out. Phillips swings through balls that were all out of the strike zone for the third out.
Mid 7th - The last strike of Bailey's 10th strikeout was in that lower right spot of the strike zone that has been sporadically called by the home plate ump all night. Some pitches have been strikes that were out of the zone, and some have been balls that were in the strikezone. That particular pitch was out of the zone just a tad, but called a strike. Attendnace was just announced: 44,501 folks showed up tonight, the second largest crowd in GABP history. Nice work Reds fans. The largest? Game 3 of the 2010 NLDS. Sean Marshall is up and throwing in the Reds pen, and Santiago Casilla is warming up for the Giants.
Top 7th - A ground ball to Cozart's left is the first out of the inning from Buster Posey. The Reds have made him look mediocre at best this series. Hunter Pence got a hold of one, but Bruce was able to trot to his left to make the catch for out No. 2. Bailey gets his 10th strikeout to tie his career high on Belt, which he most recently did during his no-hitter.
End 6th - Reds 1, Giants 1. This one looks like it's going to come down to the wire. Bailey is back out there in what will likely be his last inning. Reds just looked timid in their at bats last inning, not committing and as a result hit a lot of easy ground balls. That's definitely the style of pitching Affeldt throws, so hopefully the Reds will see someone different next inning.
Bot 6th - Affeldt handles Votto after getting him to chase some breaking balls, and Votto grounds out to second after choking up with two strikes and a defensive swing. 1 out. Ludwick got way out in front of a breaking ball and dribbled it to short, to be thrown out. 2 down. Affeldt pegs Bruce on the back of the arm on a fastball and the thud could be heard from the 500 sections. Man on 1st with 2 outs. George Kontos warming in the Giants pen. Scott Rolen hits an even slower dribbler down the third base line and Sandoval doesn't have the horses to get to it in time. Ruled a hit and runners on first and second with 2 outs. Hanigan at the plate, but he he doesn't push through a pitch he hits to the right side, and it's an easy ground ball out to second. Inning over.
Mid 6th - Bailey has at least another inning in him, but if the Reds don't get some runs in this bottom half, Dusty will have to make a tough call on whether to pinch hit for him or not. My guess is he'll go with the pinch hitter and the Reds bullpen, considering just how good they've been. Jeremy Affeldt does indeed take over on the mound for the Giants. Affeldt pitched .2 innings in Game 1, giving up just a walk, so nothing eventful. Very good day for Vogelsong after the early trouble, and unfortunate for the Reds to have not capitalized on that further than just 1 run.
Top 6th - Bailey gets his sixth strikeout in a row, and the pinch hit does nothing for the Giants. 1 out. After a hard groundball by Pagan to Phillips' left, he proves that cramp meant nothing, makes the play on a slide for the second out. Bailey's no-hitter is broken up with a Marco Scutaro single through the infield to Votto's left. Scutaro went with a good pitch low and away. Man on first with 2 outs, and that's Scutaro's first hit of the postseason. Bailey gets Sanodval to pop out to Ludwick and the inning is over.
End 5th - Reds 1, Giants 1. Let it be noted that while Bailey hasn't given up a hit, Vogelsong hasn't given up a hit since Bruce's RBI single in the 1st inning. But even so, lefty Jeremy Affeldt is warming up in the Giants bullpen, because Vogelsong has thrown a lot of pitches, 95 thus far, and with the pinch hitter Aubrey Huff for Vogelsong in the top of the 6th, Vogelsong's day is done. Questionable decision by Giants skipper Bruce Bochy to pull him so early after how well he had been throwing. Brandon Phillips did come back to second, and looks to be moving normally.
Bot 5th - Homer leads off, and grounds out to the shortstop. 1 down. Brandon Phillips looked like he had a cramp in his right calf after a spinning check swing, and he came out of the box for a few seconds while the trainer checked on him. He got right back in there, but kept shaking that right leg out. He ended up grounding out to third for the second out. Brandon didn't exactly sprint to first, and
the trainer took him in the back to try and shake that cramp out. Meanwhile, Cozart strikes out to end the inning on an offspeed pitch.
Mid 5th - Homer is up to 8 strikeouts for the game. Fans might get that free ice cream and pizza. The crowd went nuts after the last K, and a chant of "Homer! Homer! Homer!" started ringing out.
Top 5th - Bailey strikes out Brandon Belt on a fastball that looked like it might have been a tad outside, but the Reds will take it. 1 out. Bailey also strikes out Blanco swinging on some high heat. 2 outs. Bailey strikes out the side, this time on a slider to Crawford. Phew!
End 4th - Reds 1, Giants 1. Pitcher's duel so far, and the wind is keeping balls in play. Reds have the upper hand with having had more runners on base, but games like this always come down to which team can get that big hit when they need it, not how many. Side note: The Gangnam Style song has become a mainstay of the cheesy dance cam here at GABP, but so many fewer attendees here know the dance compared to those in San Francisco. Let it be reinforced that is not a bad thing. Oppa Gangnam Style ...
Bot 4th - Rolen works Vogelsong to 3-2, but gets struck out on high heat. 1 out. Hanigan gets a hold of a fastball, but right at the second baseman Scutaro for out No. 2. Stubbs got fooled on a 1-1 curveball for a strike, then when he tried to hit almost the same pitch on the next throw, popped it out to right. Inning over.
Mid 4th - It has to be said that despite the Giants' run, Bailey hasn't given up a hit yet. It's been a hit batter, walk, sac bunt and sac fly. He's in top form, yet again. Update: The fan who ran on the field with the sign and was tackled before the first pitch had a sign that said "Abortion is sin." Maybe not the best way to get your message across...
Top 4th - Big pop up to between third and home for Sandoval, and Rolen snags it for out No. 1. Buster Posey then gets struck out swinging on a high and inside heater as the third pitch, and Bailey still has got that fastball going exactly what he wants, where he wants. 2 outs. Bailey also strikes out Pence on a great low and away slider. 3 down.
End 3rd - Vogelsong has got his arsenal working, but the Reds should still find opportunities to hit his fastball. It's obvious he respects the middle of the Reds lineup, as he has stayed away from them for the most part. Still anyone's game through 3. Side note from that inning: Reds third base coach Mark Berry had to shuffle out of the way of a foul ball that inning, and he was seen in the dugout being made fun of by Todd Frazier for how he ducked away. And that's why they were helmets...
Bot 3rd - Brandon Phillips goes down swinging on a good breaking pitch by Vogelsong. 1 out. Cozart played good defense on a pitch, but got under it just too much, and left fielder Gregor Blanco has it for the second out. Vogelsong walks Votto after working to a 3-2 count on a high and inside fastball. Tough call on a check swing strike 2 for Ludwick, Vogelsong walks him on a fastball at his feet anyway. Two on, two out. Bruce put a good swing on the first pitch, but it stays in the park in left and Blanco has the third out.
Mid 3rd - Scutaro, a .300 hitter this season, hasn't had a single hit this series. That's helped the Reds pitchers keep the focus on that 3 and 4 spot with Sandoval and Posey. Bailey definitely calmed down after the immediate batter following the hit-by-pitch, and it could have been much worse with men on second and third with 1 out. Nice work by him to keep it under wraps.
Top 3rd (cont.) - Marco Scutaro grounds out to second to end the inning.
SCORE ALERT: Angel Pagan takes a first pitch deep to center, and deep enough to score Blanco from third. Reds 1, Giants 1 with two outs in the 3rd.
Top 3rd - Hanigan set up high and inside to Blanco, but Bailey just overthrew it and hit Blanco in the back of the arm with a fastball. Man on 1st with no one out. Bailey checked over at first a couple of times, and almost got Blanco on one attempt, but he'll get second anyway on a walk to Crawford. It looks like Bailey got a little rattled by the hit batter, as he missed away badly for all four balls. Vogelsong then bunts along the runners and is thrown out at first for a sac bunt. 1 out and runners on second and third.
End 2nd - Reds 1, Giants 0. Vogelsong has already thrown 45 pitches. The Reds have made Giants starters work a lot early in each game this series, a key to success that they knew they had to accomplish going into this NLDS. Side note: The Split the Pot here at GABP is already up to more than $25,000! Most weekday games have trouble getting to $10,000 by the 7th inning! Someone is going to be very happy tonight whether the Reds win or not...
Bot 2nd - Vogelsong has his breaking stuff working now, and he got Hanigan late on a fastball that he pushed into right field, and Hunter Pence made a great diving play in the dirt next to the wall to come up with the out. 1 away. Drew Stubbs
chipped a fastball on the ground to third and was thrown out for the second out. Vogelsong strikes out Bailey, but Homer made him work five pitches for it. Inning over.
Mid 2nd - Homer is locating his fastball really well, a good sign for the Reds' chances to sweep tonight.
Top 2nd - Bailey got ahead of Posey early, and there was a foul ball that Jay Bruce hesitated just enough on not to be able to track down by the wall, but Bailey blew a low and inside fastball by Posey to get the strikeout anyway. 1 out. Bailey struck out Pence looking on a low and away fastball, and gets Belt to pop out to Ludwick to end the inning.
End 1st - Reds 1, Giants 0. A little inconsistency from our home plate umpire Gerry Davis, but the Reds get off to a good start early with three early hits. Vogelsong looked a lot sharper on the last batter, Rolen, but he's getting too much of the plate for the Giants to stay in this one for long. And for the record, Brandon Phillips was barely out at third. If Posey's throw was even a bit off, it's 2-0 Reds easy.
Bot 1st. (cont.) - Rolen worked Vogelsong to a 3-2 count, and got a real close call on the 3rd ball, but the close call went the other way on the third strike. Inning over.
SCORE ALERT: Jay Bruce pushed through a fastball and got it through the shift on the right side and scores Cozart, 1-0 Reds.
Bot 1st: Brandon Phillips saw a few fastballs from Vogelsong, and on a 2-2 fastball, he pushed it on the ground up the middle for a single, and the crowd again got loud. That guy really knows how to get the job done in high pressure situations. He's batting .409 in the postseason throughout his career. On a 2-2 wild pitch, Phillips was already stealing second, but got greedy and tried to go to third and was thrown out. 1 down. Cozart with a great at-bat against Vogelsong, fouling off a lot of 2-strike pitches and ends up drawing the walk. Man back on first with 1 out. Votto took a good pitch to left field, but got under it just a tad, and flies out for the second out. Ludwick put a great stroke on the first pitch and ropes a single to left. First and second with two outs for Bruce.
Mid 1st: It's a little chilly out here, with a gametime temp of just 63 degrees, and many of the players have long sleeves on under their jerseys. Another weather-related note: The wind is blowing in. Though to say if that's a good sign since the Reds do make their living on the home run ball, but at least it will keep some of the power the Giants have in the ballpark.
Top 1st: A first pitch strike got the crowd going here, and one pitch later Angel Pagan pops out to left field for the first out. A 1-1 pitch to Marco Scutaro was hit deep, but Stubbs was there for the second out. Sandoval fouled a couple of balls off, and Homer had to work around him as a result, but he blew a fastball by him for the third out. If this place had a roof, the crowd would have just blown it off.
Before 1st: Already we had a fan who ran on the field holding a homemade sign. Not sure what it said, but he can show it to his fellow inmates when he makes it to jail. Game was delayed just a minute or two.
5:35 p.m. - The highlights montage of this Reds team this year set to "Joker and the Thief" pops up on the scoreboard, the managers meet at home plate, and the Reds take the field. The crowd here got real loud when they did. Now it's a postseason game. We'll update by each half inning from here on out.
5:27 p.m. - Tom Browning throws out the first pitch, but it was a little high...
5:26 p.m. - Nick Lachey sang a good national anthem, and while the Giants had a couple of little jets fly over to start Games 1 and 2, the Reds had a big ole' cargo military jet. Pretty cool.
5:22 p.m. - The Reds are all smiles as they were announced. They're loose, and they know they're in a good position.
5:18 p.m. - They're announcing the full rosters much as they did in Game 1, and Giants closer Brian Wilson's beard has reached new lengths. To be noted: Giants fans had a lot more "boos" when the Reds' lineups were read compared to Reds fans when the Giants were announced. Fans here at GABP are seemingly indifferent. It was a totally different story when the Reds were announced. This crowd came alive and started waving the provided "This is Reds Country" rally towels.
5:12 p.m. - Tonight's lineups are the same as they have been the past two games. Reds: Phillips, Cozart, Votto, Ludwick, Bruce, Rolen, Hanigan, Stubbs, Bailey. Giants: Pagan, Scutaro, Sandoval, Posey, Pence, Belt, Blanco, Crawford, Vogelsong.
5:10 p.m. - The players have made their way into the dugouts, and a few are in the field for warmups, including Reds starter Homer Bailey throwing some long toss.
5:03 p.m. - A fact in the Reds favor: No National League team has ever lost a best-of-5 Divisional Series after winning their first two games.
4:53 p.m. - Sort of weird, but it feels like just a regular season game inside GABP so far. Other than the Clydesdales, same
festivities in the pre-game as always with the Reds rally pack and the introduction of the mascots. Outside GABP it felt more like a playoff game with the amount of Reds fans that showed up early to catch all of this one. It's sort of eerily quiet, which was not the case in San Francisco with 30 minutes to go til first pitch.
4:48 p.m. - The Budweiser Clydesdales just took a trek around the warning track. Pretty neat, but I pity whoever has to clean that up.
4:45 p.m. - Reds fans are streaming in to GABP and getting situated as we're less than an hour away from a potential series winner between the Reds and Giants.
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