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UPDATE: A Ryan Ludwick homer makes it 6-3 Giants in the sixth

Oct 11, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

Buster Posey AP AP

UPDATE: And now Ryan Ludwick hits a big blast in the bottom of the sixth, making it 6-3 Giants. It may just be a ballgame yet.

2:54 PM: The Reds get two back in the bottom half of the inning on a Brandon Phillips double, so it’s now 6-2 Giants.

2: 36 PM: Mat Latos and Matt Cain dueled for four innings, but someone has finally broken through:  the Giants. They have busted it wide open, thanks to a Mat Latos meltdown and then a Buster Posey grand slam. San Francisco leads it 6-0 in top of the fifth. And they’re still batting as this post goes live.

Gregor Blanco led off the inning with a single and scored when Brandon Crawford tripled to right. That was followed up with a Matt Cain grounder to the mound. Then Angel Pagan hit a bounder to Zach Cozart at short, who bobbled it, allowing Crawford to score on the error. A four pitch walk to Marco Scutaro followed, bringing Pablo Sandoval to the plate, who singled to left. Based loaded, one out.

Buster Posey then came up to the plate, took the count to 2-2 and then launched titanic blast to right field. 6-0 and a stone cold silent crowd in Cincinnati. MVP anyone?

Dusty Baker has gone in to make a pitching change. It is probably too little too late. Wow.

If the Giants hold on here, we’ll have some history. No NL team has ever lost a division series after winning the first two games and no team in either league has ever taken a 2-0 lead in a five-game series and lost the next three all at home.

But the Reds just might.

  1. claymatthewshairplugs - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Buster Posey, postseason clutch as always. The MVP right there folks!

  2. Marty - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    L O mutherfuggin L

  3. El Bravo - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Can I have that GSHR retroactively apply to my fantasy playoff matchup? That mighta put me in first right there. pooo hooo

  4. cur68 - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    aaand Mat Cain hits a batter. C’mon Cainer, WTF? Don’t just hand it back man.

    • cur68 - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      CAAAAIIIIINNNNN! CAAAAAIIIIIINNNN!

      For the love of Dog, Bochy, get him out of there! He’s getting ready to assplode….aaaaaarrrrrggggg…..

      • cur68 - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM

        Ryan Ludwick, who’d have expected THAT (besides anyone who’s watched that guy tattoo balls all over the place)? Seriously, Cain can get Rolen, but that is IT. He needs to be sat down before he hands this thing back.

      • cur68 - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:15 PM

        Jeez. If anyone knows Bochy call him NOW! Tell him to get off his ass and get Cain OUT!!!!! aaaarrrrggggg……he can get Hanagan, right? Of course he can…if he throws strikes and doesn’t bean the kid. C’mon Cainer….

  5. randygnyc - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    I’m very impressed with the Giants. I’d left them for dead after the first 2 games. I derided their offense as impotent. Boy, was I wrong about the composition/drive of this team. My hats off to them.

    • ajcardsfan - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      If Giants win this, I’m going to say give Hunter Pence MVP for his rally speech, holy cow..

  6. adeedothatswho - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    MVPosey. Kid’s clutch (if such a thing exists)

  7. maynardstool - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Latos is a head case. The reds gave up way too much talent for him. He’s a great pitcher when things go well, but he completely unravels under pressure.

    • stabonerichard - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      Yep, as soon as the error allowed the 2nd run to score I was curious how Latos would respond. That he walked the next guy was not a surprise. To stick with him was questionable at that point, but then when the next guy got a base hit the hook had to come. But nope…in a do-or-die game they stuck with Latos till the wheels had flown off.

    • SOBEIT - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      The other great memory of Giants v Latos was 2010 to win the NLWest on the last game of the year when he was on the Padres. He seems to own us in regular season games and now that makes 2 of 2 where we beat him during the most important game…win or be eliminated game!

      I guess we will be seeing more childish baseball signatures by Latos where he writes how he hates SF!.

  8. number42is1 - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    ” no team in either league has ever taken a 2-0 lead in a five-game series and lost the next three all at home.”

    I see what you did there

  9. sdelmonte - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    While no team has come back from an 0-2 deficit in the NLDS, the Padres did come back against the Cubs in an NLCS in 1984, when that round was best of five.

    Which doesn’t mean that the Giants’ comeback isn’t impressive, too.

  10. merchie89 - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Who knew it was possible to be worse than Mike Leake>…….

  11. sportsdrenched - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Was Posey’s GS a yickety or a mamo?

    Uh oh, Reds are clawing back. 6-3.

  12. leerosenthall - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    It ain’t over till it’s over.

  13. merchie89 - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Dont worry. Scott Rolen will ruin any comeback

  14. randygnyc - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    6-3 now. I’m just going to STFU about this game until afterwards. I’m an AL guy, so I don’t know these two teams enough, apparently, to chime in, lol.

  15. stabonerichard - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    For those following on game cast, was that a legit 3rd strike???

    • number42is1 - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      Looks like i caught the outside of the box so i suppose so. either way they just ran themselves out of a rally.

    • leerosenthall - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      NO! (But Hannigan still should have swung–it was too close to take with the runner going).

    • spudchukar - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Yes, you cannot get called out, especially with the runners going, plus he just missed with two sliders, so you gotta be lookin’ fastball there. But Dusty still was taking an unwarranted chance.

      • stabonerichard - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        Hanigan, as catcher, would figure to know the ump’s zone today as well as anybody. I blame dusty for leaving Latos out there, but not for trusting Hanigan in that spot. If it was a legit strike, it’s on Hanigan; if it wasn’t a strike no need to deflect blame for the ump missing it.

  16. randygnyc - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Big strike’m out and throw’m out double play. That was huge for the Giants.

  17. stabonerichard - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    To be clear, I meant for those of us following on game cast & not able to watch live…cuz on mlb’s pitch tracker it appeared off the plate.

  18. blazewr6 - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Dont worry giants fans Dusty Baker is the Reds Manager now he wont let you guys lose this series………Jesus another Dusty Baker Mismanagement kills an inning!!

  19. giantssb42champs - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Just another Dusty melt down. Giants in 2002 WS, cubs in ’03 and now this disaster. What a resume.

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