The Giants have developed their rituals and quirks over these past few days in Cincinnati. They won't be changing a thing prior to Thursday's Game 5.
Tim Lincecum's recent prowess as a reliever might have some surprised, but it's not news to one member of the Giants pitching staff.
The Giants needed Tim Lincecum to take the mound, drive off it with his incredibly long stride and span an impossible, impassable length. He had to stretch further than he ever had. He rose to the challenge.
Angel Pagan hit the second pitch of the game over the right field wall, Gregor Blanco delivered a two-run shot of his own, and the Giants forced a winner-take-all showdown Thursday morning with an 8-3 victory.
The 35-year-old playoff rookie didnt need any extra motivation when he took the mound trying to save the Giants season Tuesday night, but he received it from dozens of sources.
Hunter Pence may be 1-for-12 in the series, but he's contributing in other ways. His teammates responded to his passionate pregame speech.
The Giants survived while going 3-for-36 and striking out 16 times Tuesday night. It may not have been pretty, but it shifted the momentum to the Giants and put a whole new spin on this NLDS.
Scott Rolen couldn't handle a chopper off the bat of Joaquin Arias in the 10th, Buster Posey came in to score the go-ahead run, and the Giants live to see another day with a 2-1 victory over the Reds.
Ryan Vogelsong's ERA by month has not trended well, but he has clamped down his last three starts. So how does he match up against the Reds?
It's do or die for your Giants. Insider Andrew Baggarly sets the scene with fans from Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati with a pregame chat -- this morning at 10 a.m.!
Ryan Vogelsong knows what its like to stand with his back against his wall. And now the Giants will entrust him to extend their playoff lives against the surging Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.
Lincecum retired six of seven batters over two scoreless innings, earning a standing ovation from fans who otherwise used their rally rags to dab at their eyes in a 9-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
Through two games the Giants' offense has disappeared, the starting pitching has been subpar, and the Reds are getting the luck and the breaks as well.Ratto: It's do or be done Instant Replay Postgame reaction
Madison Bumgarner couldn't escape the fifth inning, the Giants' offense mustered two hits all game, and the Reds poured it on late to take a commanding 2-0 series lead back to Cincinnati with an emphatic 9-0 win.
2010 World Series MVP Edgar Renteria made an emotional speech in his surprise visit to AT&T Sunday, before throwing out the first pitch.