2012 MLB Playoffs: Top 5 Moments In San Francisco Giants NLDS Victory
The San Francisco Giants did the unthinkable and won three straight games on the road to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 to move onto the National League Championship Series. The Giants defeated the Reds Thursday 6-3.
The Giants became the first team since the 2003 Boston Red Sox to win a best-of-5 postseason series after losing their first two games at home. The Red Sox defeated the Oakland Athletics in 2003 after losing their first two games.
The Giants and Reds game was tight until the fifth inning when the Giants piled on six runs including a Buster Posey home run. However, the Reds were not finished. Two runs in the bottom of the fifth and a run in the bottom of the sixth kept the team afloat.
Then in the bottom of the ninth, the Reds came up again. With a Zack Cozart walk and a Joey Votto single, Ryan Ludwick would single to score Cozart bringing the Reds within two runs on tying the ball game with one out.
Giants’ reliever Sergio Romo got power hitter Jay Bruce to fly out then Romo would strikeout third baseman Scott Rolen to end the game.
The Giants move onto the National League Championship for the second time in this decade. The team defeated the Philadelphia Phillies and then moving on to win the World Series.
With the win, the Giants are now 8-17 in elimination games. Three of the wings have come against the Reds in games 3, 4, and 5 of the National League Division Series.
Phillips home run puts Reds up early in Game 1
With the Reds already reeling because of the loss of Johnny Cueto, second baseman Brandon Phillips gave Mat Latos some run support with a third inning two-run home run.
The Reds would go on to win Game 1 5-2 and take an early series lead.
Arroyo pitches gem in Game 2
In Game 2, Bronson Arroyo pitched the game of his life. He lasted seven innings and only gave up one hit. Arroyo also struck out four batters and walked one on his way to a victory.
The Reds, up 2-0 on the Giants, looked like they would head home to win the series.
Rolen error in Game 3 gives Giants lead in extra innings
The Giants came up huge in Game 3. With the game tied 1-1 in the 10th inning, Joaquin Arias hit a grounder to third baseman Scott Rolen. Rolen, normally a good fielder mishandled the ball allowing Buster Posey to score and allowing the Giants to win Game 3 on the road.
Ludwick keeps Reds faith alive
With the Reds down 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth, Ryan Ludwick came up to bat and it a solo home run to keep the Reds’ faith in the game alive. It was Ludwick’s third home run of the series and inched the Reds closer to a comeback in the final game of the NLDS.
Posey gives Giants comfortable lead with grand slam
The possible National League MVP broke the game wide open for the Giants in the top of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded, Buster Posey hit a grand slam to give the Giants a 6-0 led and was more than enough for the bullpen to control for the win.
Posey finished the game 1-for-4 and if there was an NLDS MVP, he would get it for sure.