Giants-Reds, NLDS Game 3: Matchup notes


Giants-Reds, NLDS Game 3: Matchup notes

CINCINNATI Strange but true: For all their torture, the 2010 Giants didnt play an elimination game all year long.Even if they had lost to the San Diego Padres on the final day of that regular season, they wouldve merely fallen into a one-game playoff.Their backs are against the wall, truly, as they take the field on a chilly Tuesday night for Game 3 of their NL Division Series with the Cincinnati Reds.Here are notes on key matchups for both starting pitchers:--The Reds didnt intend for Homer Bailey to start Game 3, but he would appear to be one heck of a fallback after Johnny Cuetos injury in the series opener blew up manager Dusty Bakers pitching plans.The 6-foot-3 right-hander is a classic fastball-slider pitcher who no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates in his second-to-last start of the regular season.He also outdueled Ryan Vogelsong, his Game 3 opponent, when they pitched against each other April 26. Bailey left with a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning but lost his decision when Angel Pagan hit a three-run homer in the ninth off lefty Sean Marshall.REWIND: Pagan's homer in ninth lifts Giants to comeback win over Reds
But there is a reason the Reds wanted to stay away from using Bailey at Great American Ball Park. Hes 4-8 with a 5.16 ERA in 17 starts at home much different numbers than his 9-2 record and 2.32 ERA in 16 road starts. Hes allowed 21 of his 26 home runs on the banks of the Ohio River, too.No current Giants have hit a homer off Homer, although Brandon Belt and Joaquin Arias both went 2 for 3 against him in April. Angel Pagan is 3 for 7 with an RBI.Bailey's only other postseason experience was in 2010, when he threw two scoreless relief innings.--Ryan Vogelsongs ERA by month does not trend favorably: 4.19 in April, 1.51 in May, 2.02 in June, 2.18 in July, 6.32 in August and 6.46 in September.RELATED: Ryan Vogelsong 2012 game logs
But he clamped down for just one earned run over his final three starts, and he beat the Reds July 1 when he held them to two runs in seven innings.Vogelsongs five-pitch mix -- fastball, slider, cutter, changeup and curve play against left-handers as well as right-handers. When his two-seamer has its familiar break, hes successful at keeping the ball in the park.But the Reds provide a couple difficult matchups, including Brandon Phillips (7 for 14 and Jay Bruce (4 for 12 with a home run). The Reds were able to take advantage of Madison Bumgarners aggressiveness by not trying to do too much and serve pitches up the middle. Vogelsong is more the type who refuses to give in, and will throw breaking balls with a 3-2 count. Its almost a guarantee hell pitch that way, as any one mistake could extinguish the Giants season in this elimination game.This is Vogelsong's first career postseason appearance.--Tom Browning will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. When Browning threw his perfect game in 1988, it was the first by an NL player since Sandy Koufax did it 23 years earlier.That just makes it all the more remarkable that weve seen three perfect games in the major leagues this season, and five in the past three years.

Melancon wastes Blach's gem, Giants fall to Padres in 12 on Myers' homer

Melancon wastes Blach's gem, Giants fall to Padres in 12 on Myers' homer


SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers hit a three-run homer in the top of the 12th inning to send the San Diego Padres past the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on Sunday.

Myers' seventh home run and second in two games came on a 1-0 fastball from reliever George Kontos (0-2). Cory Spangenberg singled against Kontos leading off the inning, and Erick Aybar singled two batters later.

Hector Sanchez, who played parts of five seasons with the Giants, had a pinch-hit, two-run homer off San Francisco closer Mark Melancon in the ninth to send the game to extra innings.

Sanchez turned on a 1-1 cut fastball over the heart of the plate for his first home run of the season and third career pinch-hit homer.

It was Melancon's second blown save in seven chances.

Sanchez represented the tying run after shortstop Eduardo Nunez booted Luis Sardinas' leadoff grounder for an error.

Ryan Buchter (2-1) pitched two shutout innings for the Padres. Jose Torres worked a scoreless 12th for his first save.

Melancon's flop followed a full meltdown by the Giants' bullpen Saturday, when the Padres tagged San Francisco relievers for 11 runs in three innings of a 12-4 win that included Myers' three-run homer.

Giants starter Ty Blach pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, retiring 10 of his last 11 batters in his second start for San Francisco since taking injured ace Madison Bumgarner's spot in the rotation. Bumgarner is expected to miss three months with a separated left (pitching) shoulder he sustained in a dirt-bike crash.

The Giants, who were hitting a league-worst .217 against lefties going into Sunday, took a 2-0 lead against southpaw Clayton Richard, who pitched 5 1/3 innings of six-hit ball.

Joe Panik, who was hit by a pitch leading off the fourth, scored on Blach's sacrifice fly. Michael Morse doubled in Hunter Pence in the fifth.

The Padres have won 12 of 16 games against the Giants dating to last season.

San Francisco (9-17) has the National League's worst record and is 39-59 since going into last year's All-Star break 24 games over .500 with the best record in the majors.

Padres: RHP Jarred Cosart, on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, tentatively plans to pitch for Class A Lake Elsinore on a rehab assignment Tuesday, manager Andy Green said. Cosart will throw three innings or about 45-50 pitches.

Giants: RHP Neil Ramirez was designated for assignment and the Giants called up RHP Bryan Morris from Triple-A Sacramento. . CF Denard Span, on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury, tentatively plans to take batting practice in Los Angeles on Monday.

Padres: After an off day, RHP Trevor Cahill (1-2, 4.50 ERA) will pitch the home series opener against Colorado on Tuesday. Cahill is 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in his career against the Rockies.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (3-1, 5.10) starts the series opener against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday. The two-time All-Star gave up three runs in six innings vs. the Dodgers last week and was 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA against them last season.

Giants DFA RHP Neil Ramirez, call up RHP Bryan Morris from Triple-A

Giants DFA RHP Neil Ramirez, call up RHP Bryan Morris from Triple-A

The Giants designated right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez Sunday and purchased the contract of right-handed reliever Bryan Morris from Triple-A in a corresponding move, the team announced.  

Ramirez appeared in nine games for the Giants this season. In 10.1 innings pitched, he went 0-0 with a 13.06 ERA. 

Morris has spent time with both the San Jose Giants and Sacramento River Cats this season. Between the two levels, Morris is 1-0 with 0.00 ERA in five games. 

The 30-year-old fractured his right foot in spring training during a live batting practice drill. Over five years in the majors, Morris is 18-12 with a 2.80 ERA.