Egads! 9 - 0. One hit. One lousy hit. Well, two really, but the last one showed up a bit too late to really help. A couple of walks. Bronson Arroyo made sure the Giants were never really in this one. He breezed through 7 innings on 91 pitches. Was able to control his pitches, all of them. I am pretty sure he started every batter with a strike and started every inning with an out. Ryan Ludwig homered off of Madison Bumgarner in the second for 1 run, but then the Reds scored 3 more on a bunch of singles in the fourth. A team with plenty of power, they were taking advantage of situations and hitting, 7 hits plus one walk in just over 4 innings. Kontos came on to bail out Madison in the 5th, he pitched superbly. Tim Lincecum followed and was - inspirational. If memory serves (and it rarely does these days) he also pitched in relief in 2010 against Philly. He went two, gave up one hit, but his appearance was just uplifting. At least for the fans, not sure about the team because they did not respond. Mijares, Casilla, Moto - all in the eighth and it was a mess - 5 more runs scored.
Ryan Vogelsong starts Tuesday and that is appropriate. Game three had to go to Zito or Vogie even before Timmy was used in relief, and Cincinnati has mostly right-handed hitters. Cincinnati is a very, very good team with stunning defense, good pitching and great relief and hitting that just doesn't end, but you have to believe that the Giants can go in there and sweep. They did it against LA, so they can do it here. And by "you have to believe" I mean YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE.
Thus far in this post season, the visiting team has won every game, putting to rest that "the-teams-with-the-best-records-got-screwed" theory. I would be thrilled to see that trend continue all the way through the league championships.