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Reds open division series with win over Giants

Sun., Oct. 7, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO – An uncharacteristic start from ace Matt Cain left the San Francisco Giants in unfamiliar territory to start this postseason run.

Cain gave up home runs to Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce for the first earned runs he has allowed in the postseason, and the Giants find themselves trailing a playoff series for a change following a 5-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the N.L. division series on Saturday.

Cain was a reliable workhorse during the Giants’ run to the World Series title two years ago, allowing no earned runs in 21 1/3 innings.

That was a big reason why San Francisco never trailed in a series for the franchise’s first championship since moving West in 1958. But Cain was unable to outduel Cincinnati’s patchwork pitching staff after starter Johnny Cueto left with back spasms just eight pitches in. Sam LeCure pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win, scheduled Game 3 starter Mat Latos allowed only a solo homer by Buster Posey in four innings and the Reds stellar bullpen did the rest to take a 1-0 series lead.

Cain ran into trouble in the third when No. 8 hitter Drew Stubbs led off with a single and scored on Phillips’ one-out homer to left-center. It was the third homer Cain has allowed to Phillips.

Bruce, who has a .462 regular season average against Cain, added to the lead for the Reds with a leadoff homer in the fourth to give the Reds a 3-0 lead.

Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
B.Phillips 2b 5 1 3 3 0 0 .600
Cozart ss 4 0 1 0 0 2 .250
Votto 1b 3 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Ludwick lf 3 0 0 0 1 2 .000
Bruce rf 4 1 2 1 0 0 .500
Rolen 3b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Hanigan c 4 1 1 0 0 0 .250
Stubbs cf 4 1 1 0 0 1 .250
H.Bailey ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Latos p 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Cairo ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Paul ph 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000
Totals 35 5 9 4 2 9
San Francisco AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Pagan cf 5 0 1 0 0 1 .200
Scutaro 2b 4 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Sandoval 3b 5 0 1 0 0 0 .200
Posey c 5 1 2 1 0 2 .400
Pence rf 4 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Belt 1b 2 0 0 0 2 0 .000
G.Blanco lf 3 0 2 0 1 1 .667
B.Crawford ss 2 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Arias ph 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000
M.Cain p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
A.Huff ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Theriot ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Nady ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 —-
Totals 34 2 7 1 6 5
Cincinnati 002 100 002—5 9 1
San Francisco 000 001 001—2 7 0

E—Rolen (1). LOB—Cincinnati 6, San Francisco 11. 2B—Bruce (1), G.Blanco (1). HR—B.Phillips (1), Bruce (1), Posey (1). RBIs—B.Phillips 3 (3), Bruce (1), Posey (1). RLISP—Cincinnati 4, San Francisco 5. RMU—Votto, Rolen. GIDP—Ludwick. DP—Cincinnati 1, San Francisco 1.

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Cueto 1/3 0 0 0 0 1 0.00
LeCure W, 1-0 12/3 1 0 0 2 1 0.00
Latos 4 4 1 1 1 1 2.25
Marshall H, 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Broxton H, 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.00
A.Chapman 1 1 1 1 2 1 9.00
San Francisco IP H R ER BB SO ERA
M.Cain L, 0-1 5 5 3 3 1 4 5.40
Kontos 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.00
Mota 1/3 1 0 0 0 1 0.00
Affeldt 2/3 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
S.Casilla 1 3 2 1 0 3 9.00

T—3:27. A—43,492 (41,915).


 
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