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.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade


Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

Zach Elfin (1-5) allowed six runs on seven hits over five innings for the Phillies. He has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors.


Phillies: Manager Pete Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.


Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.