After the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds in Game Two of their National League Division Series, the celebration was quickly subdued by the prospect of a Game Four in which Barry Zito would pitch against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Neither the opposition nor the location tend to favor the Giants, so even after winning a game in which they collected a total of three hits, the task ahead of the team only got marginally easier. They still had to win two straight games in Cincainnati.
Standing in their way was not only be one of the best lineups in the National League, but also Mike Leake, who joined the Cincinnati Reds after the team removed Johnny Cueto from its NLDS roster, following an injury suffered in the first game of the series. Leake is no Cueto. However, as has been established by the last several seasons of baseball, Zito isn’t exactly the most reliable of starting pitchers.
In other words, if you took the over for Wednesday’s game, you were in luck. If you were a San Francisco Giants fan who took the over, you were in even more luck.
The National League Division Series between the Giants and Reds is all tied up at two, after San Francisco beat Cincinnati 8-2 on the backs of an outstanding relief appearance from Tim Lincecum and a 2 for 3 (with two walks) day from center fielder Angel Pagan.
Here’s why the Giants and Reds will be going the distance in their NLDS tomorrow afternoon: