Baseball will continue on for San Francisco Giants fans. The Giants defeated the Reds by a score of 6-4 in Cincinnati. In what was pinned as a pitchers’ duel between the Giants Matt Cain and the Reds Mat Latos, and in reality, it was up until the 5th inning, it was Buster Posey’s Grand Slam long ball in the 5th inning that gave them just enough run support to seal the deal and become the first team to come back from a 2 game deficit to win 3 straight for victory in the 5 game series. And, they did it on the road.
Oct 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey walks off the field after defeating the Cincinnati Reds to win the 2012 NLDS at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
The Giants scored all 6 of their runs in the 5th inning, starting off with a leadoff single by Gregor Blanco. Brandon Crawford hit a triple to score Blanco, and Angel Pagan hit a ball to the Reds shortstop Zack Cozart. Instead of throwing home or to 1B, Cozart dropped the ball, allowing Crawford to score and Pagan to be safe at first. Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval each singled to load the bases for Posey. Posey then smashed a Grand Slam to give the Giants a 6-0 lead.
That’s right. Soon-to-be NL MVP Buster Posey hit a Grand Slam in Game 5 of the NLDS. You couldn’t script it any better unless it had been the 9th inning. It also happened to be the first grand slam that Latos has given up in his career.
The Reds didn’t make it easy on Posey and the Giants though, scoring 4 runs between the bottom of the 5th inning and the bottom of the 9th. Sergio Romo allowed 2 runners on in the 9th with the winning run at the plate. Jay Bruce battled Romo with 10+ pitches, eventually flying out to Xavier Nady in LF. Scott Rolen, with 2 hits already in the game, came to the plate with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. However, Romo got the best of him, striking him out to win the game and be the first team to advance to the NLCS.
The Giants line was 6R, 9H, 1E. The Reds line was 4R, 12H, 1E. Cain with the Win, Latos with the Loss, and Romo with the Save, his first playoff career playoff save.