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Giants break through in 10th inning of NLDS Game 3 against Reds to avoid elimination

Oct 9, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

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Scott Rolen ranks among the best defensive third basemen in major league history and catcher Ryan Hanigan had a fantastic season behind the plate.

But baseball can be an incredibly cruel sport.

Hanigan let a Jonathan Broxton pitch get to the backstop with two outs in the top of the 10th inning, allowing Buster Posey to advance to third base and Hunter Pence to scoot over to second. And then Rolen bobbled what looked like a routine grounder off the bat of Joaquin Arias, allowing Posey to cross the plate for the go-ahead run. It was the Giants’ first lead of this five-game division series, and they’d hold onto it tightly.

Sergio Romo shut the Reds down in the bottom half of the 10th as San Francisco picked up a nail-biting 2-1 win and managed to avoid a sweep in Game 3 of the NLDS on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.

The extra-inning loss spoiled a dominant effort by Reds starter Homer Bailey, who matched a career high with 10 strikeouts and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He wound up allowing just one run on one hit.

Game 4 on Wednesday will feature either Mike Leake or Mat Latos against San Francisco’s Barry Zito.

  1. dondada10 - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Has anybody noticed Hunter Pence’s “beard”? It’s one of the more Hunter Pence things I’ve ever seen.

    Bless that goofy bastard’s heart.

  2. merchie89 - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Me + Rolen + hammer “in Casino Scorsese style” = reason for him to drop grounders

  3. mrredlegz - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Hmm…Cueto’s back must be more serious than first thought, eh?

  4. sailcat54 - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    One more to tie the series. One more to win. Read ’em and weep.

    • sailcat54 - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM

      Series tied. One more to win. Read ’em and weep.

      • sailcat54 - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:08 PM

        And the Giants win! Read ’em and weep!

  5. 49ersgiants4life - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Possibly the worst offensive performance I have ever seen wow just wow hope they can pull it together and win it!

  6. metalhead65 - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    thank god the reds had the veteran leadership of rolen out there tonight! who needs the guy who would have been rookie of the year out there if not for the veteran dusty loves. congrats to broxton for winner of best fransico cordero imitation of the year. not even a save situation but it was deja vu,

    • paperlions - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:08 AM

      So….the fact that the catcher and 3B can’t catch are Broxton’s fault?

      • metalhead65 - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:32 AM

        no the fact he gave up hits to the first 2 guys he faced to put them in position to score was. just like coredero used to do whenever he came in. even when he got the save it was always a adventure. and yes I know it wasn’t a save chance,but he gave up the hits right away when the giants had 1 the whole game before he came in then he strikes out the next 2 before giving up the game winner. not exactly how you want a appearance to go in that situation is it?

  7. fournora - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Big mouth showtime DatDude costs his team the win. Here comes the epic collapse all of us Reds fans know is coming.

    • Marty - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:14 AM

      I’ll say that I can definitely see Dusty leading that charge.

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