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San Francisco Giants & Cincinnati Reds NLDS Game 3 Recap

By Melissa Felkins

The San Francisco Giants remain alive in the playoffs after a 10-inning, 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday evening. It wasn’t exactly a pretty win, but considering it was an elimination game, I’m sure it’ll work for Giants fans everywhere.

Sergio Romo

” width=”187″ height=”300″ /> Oct 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) reacts at the end of the game against the Cincinnati Reds in game three of the 2012 NLDS at Great American Ballpark. The Giants defeated the Reds 2-1 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Ryan Vogelsong was the starting pitcher for San Francisco. He pitched 5 stressful innings, with runners constantly on base. Had it not been for a Brandon Phillips running error, the Reds would have likely won the game in 9 innings, instead of having to play extras.

The first run came in the 3rd after Gregor Blanco was hit by a pitch, Brandon Crawford walked, and Ryan Vogelsong bunted the runners over. Pagan then hit a sacrifice fly to score Blanco.

The winning run came in the 10th inning after Buster Posey and Hunter Pence had back-to-back singles, and Brandon Belt and Xavier Nady stuck out. Joquin Arias came up to bat with runners on 1st and 2nd. A wild pitch advanced both runners, and then Arias hit a soft ball to Scott Rolen at 3B, who bobbled the ball enough to allow Posey to score and Arias to be safe at 1B.

Sergio Romo got the win and had his first at-bat of the season. Yes, he looked better at the plate than Santiago Casilla. Jeremy Affeldt pitched 2 scoreless innings in the 6th and 7th, and really gave the Giants a fighting chance at staying in the game, allowing only 1 hit.

Game 4 starts at 1pm PDT with Barry Zito on the mound. If the Giants win we’ll be seeing Matt Cain come back for a forced Game 5.