The San Francisco Giants did their job by winning Game 3 and extending their series against the Cincinnati Reds. Despite just three hits on the night, the Giants finished the day with a 2-1 victory after a fielding error by Scott Rolen in the 10th inning. The Reds certainly would have liked to sweep the Giants and finish the series early, but now they are put in a tough situation regarding their starting pitchers.
Cincinnati was put in a quandary after losing Game 3. With Johnny Cueto still suffering a strained oblique, the Reds received official permission from MLB to add Mike Leake to the roster. Not expecting to pitch in this series, Leake instantly gets thrust into a high-stress situation and could give the Giants a big advantage for this all-important Game 4 in order to force a winner-take-all Game 5.
As for San Francisco, Barry Zito gets a chance to start Game 4 after being left off the postseason roster in the Giants' 2010 World Series run. Prior to the release of lineups, manager Bruce Bochy stated that Buster Posey would still catch Zito despite only catching seven of his 32 starts. Hours before the start of Game 4, Bochy must have had a change of thought, as backup Hector Sanchez will be at catcher, Posey will start at first base, and Brandon Belt will be on the bench. Not only does this prevent the Giants from putting out their best defensive alignment on the field, but it also puts Sanchez in his first crucial spot of the playoffs.
The San Francisco Giants will visit the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park located in Cincinnati, OH on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. PT. This will be the fourth game of a best-out-of-five game series.
Reds lead series 2-1.
Starting pitcher matchup:
San Francisco: Barry Zito
2012 season: 15-8, 4.15 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 114 Ks
Career regular season numbers vs. Reds: 3-5, 6.25 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 42 Ks
Career regular season numbers at Great American Ball Park: 0-2, 6.10 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 23 Ks
Cincinnati: Mike Leake
2012 season: 8-9, 4.58 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 116 Ks
Career regular season numbers vs. Giants: 3-0, 4.18 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 22 K
Career regular season numbers at Great American Ball Park: 18-12, 4.66 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 176 Ks
Where to watch and listen to the game:
The game can be nationally watched on TBS and SN and heard live on ESPN Radio.
San Francisco: CF Angel Pagan, 2B Marco Scutaro, 3B Pablo Sandoval, 1B Buster Posey, RF Hunter Pence, C Hector Sanchez, LF Gregor Blanco, SS Brandon Crawford, P Barry Zito
Cincinnati: 2B Brandon Phillips, SS Zack Cozart, 1B Joey Votto, LF Ryan Ludwick, RF Jay Bruce, 3B Todd Frazier, C Dioner Navarro, CF Drew Stubbs, P Mike Leake
Key contributors of Game 3:
Buster Posey - 1-for-4, one run scored (game-winning run in extra innings)
Joaquin Arias - 0-for-2, safe at first on Scott Rolen's fielding error which led to Posey scoring in top of 10th inning
Ryan Vogelsong - 5.0 innings pitched, one run allowed, three hits, three walks, five strikeouts
Sergio Romo - 2.0 perfect innings pitched, earned win
Jay Bruce - 1-for-3 with Reds' only RBI in bottom of 1st inning
Homer Bailey - 7.0 innings pitched, one run allowed, one hit, one walk, 10 strikeouts
Res to start Mike Leake in Game 4, CSN Bay Area
Giants lineup: Sanchez catching, CSN Bay Area
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Austin Chang is a lifelong San Francisco Bay Area native, baseball fan, and supporter of the San Francisco Giants. Follow this Featured Contributor on Twitter @_austinchang.
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