National League Division Series recap: Storming back in Cincy

Getty Images File PhotoBuster Posey hits a grand slam during the fifth inning against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.

A look back at the National League Division Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds.

Game 1
Reds 5, Giants 2

Cincinnati flexed its muscles early. Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce homered off Giants starter Matt Cain, who didn’t allow an earned run in 21¹?³ innings in the 2010 postseason. After the Reds tacked on a pair of runs to make it 5-1 in the top of the ninth, the Giants loaded the bases against Cincinnati flamethrower Aroldis Chapman with one out. In a strange occurrence, Reds starter Johnny Cueto left while facing his second batter due to back spasms.

Game 2
Reds 9, Giants 0

The Reds continued to display their offensive prowess by pounding out 13 hits and getting big rallies in the fourth and eighth innings to take a 2-0 series lead. Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner struggled, allowing four runs in 4¹?³ innings before getting the hook. Tim Lincecum, a two-time NL Cy Young Award-winning starter, was officially demoted to the Giants’ bullpen and pitched two innings.

Game 3
Giants 2, Reds 1 (10 innings)

A bit battered and with their season on the verge of ending, the Giants survived their first elimination game as Joaquin Arias beat out a two-out grounder that was mishandled, allowing Buster Posey to score. Reds third baseman Scott Rolen bobbled Arias’ grounder and threw late to first. The play came after a passed ball allowed Posey and a hobbled Hunter Pence to move up a base. The Giants won despite mustering just three hits.

Game 4
Giants 8, Reds 3

The Giants’ offense came to life, notching eight extra-base hits to force a decisive Game 5. After having just 12 hits in the first three games, homers by Angel Pagan, Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval highlighted the Giants’ 11-hit attack to overcome a rocky outing by left-hander Barry Zito. Tim Lincecum made his second relief appearance and provided a jolt of energy, allowing two hits and a run in 4¹?³ innings.

Game 5
Giants 6, Reds 4

The Giants became just the fifth team in major-league history, and the first in the NL, to win a division series after trailing 2-0 in a best-of-five series as Buster Posey’s grand slam punctuated a six-run fifth inning. The Reds didn’t quit, chipping away to make it dramatic in the ninth. The bullpen combined for 4¹?³ innings, with Sergio Romo allowing a run in the ninth before setting off a celebration with his game-ending strikeout.

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