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2012 National League Division Series 2
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|2012 National League Division Series|
|San Francisco Giants
94 - 68 in the NL
|3 - 2
97 - 65 in the NL
 The Teams
 Series results
|1||Cincinnati Reds 5 San Francisco Giants 2||October 6||Johnny Cueto (0-0) Matt Cain (0-1)|
|2||Cincinnati Reds 9 San Francisco Giants 0||October 7||Bronson Arroyo (1-0) Madison Bumgarner (0-1)|
|3||San Francisco Giants 2 Cincinnati Reds 1||October 9||Ryan Vogelsong (0-0) Homer Bailey (0-0)|
|4||San Francisco Giants 8 Cincinnati Reds 3||October 10||Barry Zito (0-0) Mike Leake (0-1)|
|5||San Francisco Giants 6 Cincinnati Reds 4||October 11||Matt Cain (1-1) Mat Latos (1-1)|
 Game 1 @ AT&T Park
|WP: Sam LeCure (1-0), LP: Matt Cain (0-1)|
|Home Runs: - CIN: Jay Bruce (1), Brandon Phillips (1); SF: Buster Posey (1)|
- Attendance: 43,492
In Game 1 of the NLDS, the Cincinnati Reds lost ace starter Johnny Cueto to back spasms after only two batters, but still managed to beat the San Francisco Giants, 5-2. Brandon Phillips had 3 RBI on 3 hits, including a homer, and Jay Bruce homered as well, while Sam LeCure and Mat Latos, the latter making the first relief appearance of his career, stepped in ably in relief of Cueto. For the Giants, Buster Posey hit a solo homer off Latos, but it was not enough.
 Game 2 @ AT&T Park
|WP: Bronson Arroyo (1-0), LP: Madison Bumgarner (0-1)|
|Home Runs: - CIN: Ryan Ludwick (1)|
- Attendance: 43,505
Bronson Arroyo allowed a single hit over 7 innings to lead the Reds to a 9-0 win over San Francisco in Game 2. Arroyo retired the first 14 batters of the game until Brandon Belt singled with two outs in the 5th. For the Reds, Ryan Ludwick led off the game with a homer off Madison Bumgarner, then Cincinnati added three runs in the 4th to run away with the game.
 Game 3 @ Great American Ballpark
|WP: Sergio Romo (1-0), LP: Jonathan Broxton (0-1)|
|Home Runs: - none|
- Attendance: 44,501
The Reds couldn't finish off the Giants in Game 3, allowing a pair of runs on a sacrifice fly in the 3rd and a passed ball and error in the 10th inning to lose, 2 - 1. The loss negated a great effort by P Homer Bailey, who allowed one hit over 7 innings and struck out 10. San Francisco got only three hits all night. Ryan Vogelsong gave up a 1st-inning run for the Giants, but then settled down, and the bullpen was airtight as well, allowing San Francisco to hold on until they won the game in extra frames.
 Game 4 @ Great American Ballpark
|WP: Tim Lincecum (1-0), LP: Mike Leake (0-1)|
|Home Runs: - SF: Gregor Blanco (1), Angel Pagan (1), Pablo Sandoval (1); CIN: Ryan Ludwick (2)|
- Attendance: 44,375
The Giants forced a fifth game with an 8-3 win over Cincinnati in Game 4. Having collected only 12 hits over the first three games of the Series, they banged out 11 today, including 8 for extra bases as they pounded the Reds into submission. Tim Lincecum was the winner in relief of an ineffective Barry Zito, besting Mike Leake, who was activated before the game to replace injured ace Johnny Cueto. Angel Pagan, Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval all homered for San Francisco.
 Game 5 @ Great American Ballpark
|WP: Matt Cain (1-1), LP: Mat Latos (0-1), SV: Sergio Romo (1)|
|Home Runs: - SF: Buster Posey (2); CIN: Ryan Ludwick (3)|
- Attendance: 44,142
The Giants completed a tremendous comeback by defeating the Reds, 6-4, in Game 5, completing a three-game sweep in Cincinnati after losing the first two games at home. A 5th-inning grand slam by Buster Posey off Mat Latos was the key blow, capping a six-run outburst.
 Further Reading
- Bay Area News Group: Comeback Kids: The San Francisco Giants' Incredible 2012 Championship Season, Triumph Books LLC, Chicago IL, 2013. ISBN 978-1600787508
- Brian Murphy: Never Say Die: The San Francisco Giants - 2012 World Champions, Cameron + Company, Petaluma, CA 2013. ISBN 978-1937359447
 Related Sites
|Major League Baseball National League Division Series