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NLDS Game Three Thread: Reds vs. Giants

The mighty Redlegs return to action tonight with a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 National League Division Series. Cincinnati can clinch a spot in the NLCS with a victory tonight.

Mr. No-No, Homer Bailey, will take the mound for the Reds. As Greg noted earlier today:

Over his last 7 starts, Homer Bailey has a 1.85 ERA with a 0.74 WHIP, .463 opponent OPS, 1.7 BB/9, 8.9 K/9, & 0.7 HR/9. This includes 3 starts at GABP. Bailey faced the Giants once this year, back on April 26th in GABP against tonight’s starter, Ryan Vogelsong. Bailey was in line for the win after tossing 6.1 IP and allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 6. He threw just 86 pitches, 59 for strikes. It was Sean Marshall’s first blown save of the season, back when he was still the closer, as he allowed a 3-run homerun in the 9th inning to Angel Pagan.

The Giants will counter with Ryan Vogelsong, a 34-year old right-hander who finished up the season with a 14-9 record and a 3.37 ERA. In the second half of the season, however, Vogelsong’s ERA is 4.78.

Here’s your game preview. Go Redlegs.

318 thoughts on “NLDS Game Three Thread: Reds vs. Giants

    • Now tell me why Frazier can’t play?

      Come on, that was a tough play. Hanigan’s passed ball was worse and Broxton gave up two straight singles. Can’t just blame Rolen.

  1. The passed ball was the killer in that inning. That was a very tough play at 3rd. Doubt Frazier would have made it either

  2. If the Reds lose this game, they lost it in the first inning because Brandon Phillips makes
    poor decisions every so often.

  3. Yes Rolen probably should have made the play, Hanigan definitely shouldn’t have let that passed ball happen, and Broxton shouldn’t have given up back to back singles. But Chapman should have still been in the game, he only threw 15 pitches and he could have thrown another inning easily.

    • Dusty botched it the last inning. Had to walk Arias to load the bases and make either Romo hit or have them burn their last hitter and Romo

      Great point

    • Dusty botched it the last inning. Had to walk Arias to load the bases and make either Romo hit or have them burn their last hitter and Romo

      That’s a good point. Giants have to burn their last bench player and if they bat a pitcher, you like your odds. Wonder is someone brings it up to Dusty?

      • That’s a good point.Giants have to burn their last bench player and if they bat a pitcher, you like your odds.Wonder is someone brings it up to Dusty?

        I think they might have been worried about Broxton’s control. However, I’d have still walked him because of how good Romo is.

        Still, Phillips should put on the goat horns, IMO. I don’t mind Rolen’s play so much, or Hanigan’s, those are physical errors. But they don’t play with flair, I guess, so everyone will focus on their mistakes.

      • That’s a good point.Giants have to burn their last bench player and if they bat a pitcher, you like your odds.Wonder is someone brings it up to Dusty?

        I doubt the weak beat writers will ask. They think Dusty walks on water.

    • Dusty botched it the last inning. Had to walk Arias to load the bases and make either Romo hit or have them burn their last hitter and Romo

      @AnnapolisHoosier: You are totally right…ugh!

  4. If there is one consistent thing in the 2012 postseason, it’s that teams that make stupid plays to leave runs on the table in the early innings lose.

    I really felt it was bad news after the first inning. At least they were “aggressive”, right?

  5. Phillips baserunning, Hanigan passed ball, weak Rolen play and no hitting nullify great Bailey start.

  6. Could have killed them off tonight, instead gave them life and let them back into the series. Guarantee you Zito blanks them tomorrow. The offense didn’t even threaten to score the second half of the game. I really feel like the Reds are down 2-1 now.

  7. That was a rough way to lose right there. I honestly would have much rather them beat us 10-0 than the way they did. I guess the good take away is that their offense still isn’t doing much.

    • That was a rough way to lose right there.I honestly would have much rather them beat us 10-0 than the way they did.I guess the good take away is that their offense still isn’t doing much.

      Giants will score 5 tomorrow. They’re awake now that the Reds bailed them out with crappy defense and inability to get guys on.

  8. One thing is for sure: Todd Frazier will not start a single game at 3rd base in the postseason. It just will not happen.

  9. @LVW: That is a situation where I think Dusty lacks the guile to do something like that. For example Johnson does something like that and forces the other manager to make a move e.g. the other night when he force Matheny into a pitching change and switched hitters on him. In Dusty’s defense every other move (except possibly using Chapman in the 10th) has been spot on this series.

  10. Couldnt agree more about pitching to Arias. Why in the world would you pitch to him? One bench player left for SF and base open. If they pinch hit and score, their closer is gone. That was a disgrace. There are other coaches on the bench; I wonder if anyone suggested it.

  11. Dusty really dropped the ball in the 10th. A manager doesn’t have to do much during the course of a game, but in this case, you ABSOLUTELY have to walk Arias and force Bochy’s hand. He either leaves in Romo to hit, or he pinch hits his LAST position player for him. Doing that would have been a risk as well, given how gimpy Pence looked on the basepaths. At least then you get Romo out of the game for the bottom of the 10th.

  12. Of course, if Phillips doesn’t get out in the first, I fully believe we win this game 2-0. I’m confident that if Homer had a 2 run lead in the third inning, he isn’t quite so careful with Brandon Crawford, and the Giants more than likely don’t score.

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