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After the first two games in San Francisco, it looked like the Giants did not have a prayers hope of moving on in the postseason. They were out pitched, out hit and out played by the Cincinnati Reds.
But a pivotal Game 3 win breathed new life into the Giants and another win the following day had the Reds scrambling to figure out what went wrong.
In the end, the Giants prevailed 6-4, coming back from a 0-2 deficit in the series and winning three straight games on the road to advance to the National League Championship Series.
Game 5 had it all—a grand slam, good pitching and drama that did not end until the final out.
In the fifth inning, the Giants’ young catcher Buster Posey belted a monstrous grand slam into the left field seats, according to USA Today. It gave San Francisco and starter Matt Cain a 6-0 cushion.
Yet the Reds fought back, the same as the Giants did the whole series.
Brandon Phillips belted a double in the bottom half of the fifth that drove in two runs, reports The New York Times, and Ryan Ludwick cut the lead in half when he led off the sixth with a solo home run.
Later in the sixth, the Giants got a huge double play when Ryan Hanigan struck out looking and Posey threw out Jay Bruce as he tried to take third. The next batter would ground out to end the inning.
But the Reds continued their offensive pressure, yet were unable to score in the eighth with two men on.
Then, in the ninth, the Reds had their best chance to win the game and the series.
Giants closer Sergio Romo started the inning by getting Phillips to pop out. He then walked Zack Cozart and let up singles to Joey Votto and Ludwick that brought the game within two runs.
Jay Bruce battled with Romo, fouling off pitch after pitch. Finally, on the 12th pitch of the at-bat, Romo got the lefty to fly out to left field. Romo then struck out Scott Rolen to end the game.
The Giants will now move on to face the winner of the St. Louis Cardinals-Washington Nationals series.
The Reds, who were great in San Francisco, were just 3-24 with runners in scoring position over the last three games according to USA Today. Cincinnati has still not won a playoff game at home since 1995.