(AP)Score and situation: The Cincinnati Reds cruised past the San Francisco Giants with a 9-0 victory on Sunday night. They now head home with a commanding 2-0 series lead and will have three chances to punch their ticket to the NLCS.
Leading lads: Bronson Arroyo retired the first 14 batters he faced before giving up a single to Brandon Belt. He then retired the next seven straight to wrap up his seven dominant innings and claim his first career postseason victory. Although Arroyo didn't need much help, the offense provided plenty in the form of nine runs on 13 hits. Joey Votto led the way with three hits, while three other Reds contributed two hits each.
Head hangers: This game was never in doubt thanks to a Giants offense that didn't put its first runner in scoring position until the eighth inning (via defensive indifference). As was the case in Game 1, San Francisco's problem came at the top with first three hitters — Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval — going a combined 1 for 12. In the series they're now 3 for 26.Read More »from NLDS Game 2: Bronson Arroyo dominant as Reds take 2-0 lead on Giants