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Bronson Arroyo baffles Giants as Reds cruise to 2-0 series lead

Oct 8, 2012, 12:57 AM EDT

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After 13 years in the bigs, Bronson Arroyo finally has a postseason victory to his credit. He was nearly perfect for seven innings Sunday in combining with two relievers on a two-hit shutout as the Reds topped the Giants 9-0.

The Reds will take a 2-0 series lead with them as they go home for the remainder of the NLDS.

Arroyo retired 14 in a row to start the game before Brandon Belt singled with two outs in the fifth. It proved to be the only hit Arroyo would allow through seven innings. Arroyo remained in to bat in the top of the eighth, but he was removed after the Reds scored five times in the frame, upping their lead from four runs to nine.

J.J. Hoover took over for Arroyo and pitched a hitless eighth. Jose Arredondo gave up a Pablo Sandoval double and a walk before closing out the ninth.

The outing lowered Arroyo’s postseason ERA from 6.04 to 4.60. He had previously made three starts and eight relief appearances in October, but only one of those — a no-decision against the Phillies in the 2010 NLDS — came in his seven years with the Reds.

Cincinnati took an early lead tonight on Ryan Ludwick‘s second-inning solo homer and kept the pressure on Madison Bumgarner with four singles in a three-run fourth. Tim Lincecum was able to quiet the Reds in his third ever relief appearance, working scoreless sixth and seventh innings. However, the Reds put the game away when they batted around in the eighth.

The Giants announced earlier Sunday that they’ll throw Ryan Vogelsong when the series resumes Tuesday in Cincinnati. The Reds have Homer Bailey listed as their starter, and with the 2-0 lead, it’s become more likely that they’ll go that route. The alternative would be to bring back Johnny Cueto after he left Saturday’s game in the first inning with back spasms.

  1. jwayne03 - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    The best word you could find is “baffles”. I would like to call that a good ol Cincinnati ass whoopin!!!!

  2. footballchic777 - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    It was an amazing game by the Reds all around! Bronson pitched great, the bats were jot and so was the defense! Hope we can keep this up and take the championship!

  3. passerby23 - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Cincinnati is a scary, dangerous team. Who do the Giants throw out there now? Zito? Linecum? This series is over.

    If Washington can pull through, that’s a heavyweight bout of a series right there.

  4. yournuts - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    This series is far from over passerby23, how many times this year have the Giants won three games in a row?

  5. mrredlegz - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Put a fork in ’em. They’re done. No way this Reds team drops 3 in a row in Cincy. They’re on a mission, and if they don’t seal the deal Tuesday, they will Wednesday for sure.

  6. randygnyc - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    The giants had the pitching advantage but a weak offense. Now that their number 1 AND 2 starters lost, the giants won’t come back. It would be nearly impossible if Cain and bumgardner were on regular rest starting the next two games. Why? Because buster Posey is the giants only offense.

  7. vincentbojackson - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    It was fun while it lasted, but both Bay Area teams are toast.

  8. 49ersgiants4life - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:32 AM

    One of the most painful things I have ever done was watch this game Posey can’t do it all they need another serious bat not panda’s or pence’s but a 280 to 300 lefty who has some pull power so they can use the short porch in right

  9. mungman69 - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    This series should be over. It’s amazing that Cincy couldn’t score in September then they go against good S.F. pitching and score like hell. Throw away the regular season stats, just ask Baltimore and Atlanta.

  10. kahnsbushymustache - Oct 8, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    What did we get in return for Aroyo? Beer and buckets of chicken???

    Red Sox Nation

  11. olebubba - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    The Red’s are gonna be a tough “out” in the playoffs. Not a Cincy fan but this very much looks like a World Championship team!!!

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